Mammuthus subplanifrons

Name: Mammuthus subplanifrons.
Phonetic: Mam-mu-fus sub-plan-e-frons.
Named By: ‭H‬enry Fairfield Osborn‭ ‬-‭ ‬1928.
Synonyms: Loxodonta adaurora
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Proboscidea,‭ ‬Elephantidae.
Species: M.‭ ‬subplanifrons.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Up tp 3.7 meters tall at the shoulder.
Known locations: Southeast Africa,‭ ‬including Ethiopia and South Africa.
Time period: Zanclean of the Pliocene.
Fossil representation: Several specimens.

       Not the most famous of the mammoths,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬subplanifrons still remains the earliest known species of the genus with some of the more famous species such as M.‭ ‬primigenius‭ (‬woolly mammoth‭) ‬and M.‭ ‬columbi‭ (‬Columbian mammoth‭) ‬not appearing until much later in the Pleistocene era.‭ ‬The most obvious feature that reveals M.‭ ‬subplanifrons to be a mammoth are the spirally twisting tusks that can be spotted even with a casual glance.


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