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Numidotheriidae

Numidotherids

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Number of resurrected species:

Family

Order

Class

Numidotheriidae

Proboscidea

Mammalia

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Description

The Numidotheriidae is a primitive family of the Proboscidea order, consisting of modern-day elephants and relatives. They were small to medium-sized animals that probably preferred aquatic habitats. Some of them possible had small trunks, which they used to feed on (aquatic) vegetation.

Distribution & Fossil evidence

Like multiple other primitive Proboscidea-families, Numidotheriidae lived between the Paleocene and Oligocene epoch of Northern Africa. Some species, like Numidotherium, are very well known, and multiple complete specimens have been found.

Species

Up until now, three species are recognized within this family, being Numidotherium, Daouitherium and Phosphatherium.

Included genera

Daouitherium, Phosphatherium, Numidotherium