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Stegodontidae

Stegodons

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Family

Order

Class

Stegodontidae

Proboscidea

Mammalia

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Description

The Stegodontidae-family is an extinct family of Proboscideans that lived in Africa and Asia between the Miocene and Pleistocene. They resembled modern day elephants, but some species were much larger in size and had extremely elongated tusks. Other species lived on small islands, becoming dwarfed in size due to dwarfism. The probably lived similar to modern elephants, feeding on a wide variety of vegetation and living in herds.

Distribution & Fossil evidence

There a currently two genuses known within this family: Stegolophodon and Stegodon. Fossils of both genuses have been found widespread over Asia and several countries in Africa.

Species

Currently, there are two genuses within this family: Stegodon and Stegolophodon.