Anancus

Anancus arvernensis

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Genus information

Anancus is an extinct genus of elephant that lived in Africa, Europe and Asia during the Miocene to Pleistocene epoch. They were fairly large in size and resembled modern elephants, but differed in having shorter legs and very elongated tusks. Anancus lived in forests and semi-open landscapes were it probably fed on roots and browsed on branches. The genus disappeared during the Early Pleistocene when the landscape turned from forests to open plains.

Family:

Distribution:

Epoch:

Anancidae

Eurasia & Africa

Miocene to Pleistocene

Species information

Anancus arvernensis was a fairly large species and lived throughout Europe, Western Asia and Russia. It could grow up to three meters at the shoulders and had massive tusks, growing up to four meters in length! It may have used them for defence too. The species lived in forests, looking at its feet. They evolved to be broad which is ideal to walk on a soft forest floor.

Species:

Paleontologist:

Distribution:

Epoch:

Anancus arvernensis

Croizet & Jobert, 1828

Eurasia

Miocene to Pleistocene

Length:

Height:

Weight:

4.8 m

3.0 m

5.000 kg

Reference:

Shoshani, J., & Tassy, P. (Eds.). (1996). The Proboscidea: evolution and palaeoecology of elephants and their relatives (p. 472). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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