U. of I. News: Genetic study shakes up elephant family tree

By Newsroom America Feeds at 6 Jun 2017

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6/6/2017

Genetic study shakes up the elephant family tree

New research reveals that a species of giant elephant that lived 1.5 million to 100,000 years ago – ranging across Eurasia before it went extinct – is more closely related to today’s African forest elephant than the forest elephant is to its nearest living relative, the African savanna elephant. Understanding their genetic heritage is key to keeping today’s elephants from going extinct, researchers say.

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