Mammuthus africanavus
(African ancestor mammoth‭)

Name: Mammuthus africanavus.
Phonetic: Mam-mu-fus af-ree-can-a-vus.
Named By: Camille Arambourg‭ ‬-‭ ‬1952.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Proboscidea,‭ ‬Elephantidae.
Species: M.‭ ‬africanavus.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unavailable,‭ ‬though smaller than later mammoths.
Known locations: Across North Africa.
Time period: Piacenzian of the Pliocene.
Fossil representation: Many specimens.

       M.‭ ‬africanavus was an African mammoth that seems to have lived after M.‭ ‬subplanifrons and is important to researchers of elephants and mammoths because it is considered to be the ancestor of M.‭ ‬meridionalis‭ (‬Southern mammoth‭)‬.‭ ‬In turn the descendants of M.‭ ‬meridionalis would go onto to produce some of the more famous mammoth species such as M.‭ ‬trogontherii‭ (‬Steppe mammoth‭) ‬and M.‭ ‬primigenius‭ (‬Woolly mammoth‭)‬.‭ ‬Critics to this theory however cite that the tusks diverged more widely at the ends which suggests that M.‭ ‬africanavus might just be an evolutionary offshoot to the species that was‭ ‘‬the‭’ ‬ancestor.


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