Mammuthus africanavus

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African mammoth
Temporal range: Early Pliocene
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Proboscidea
Family: Elephantidae
Genus: Mammuthus
Species: M. africanavus
Binomial name
Mammuthus africanavus
Arambourg, 1952
Molar from Tunisia

The African mammoth, Mammuthus africanavus (literally, "African ancestor mammoth"), is among the oldest of mammoth species, having first appeared around 3 million years ago during the late Pliocene. Its fossils have been found in Chad, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. It was relatively small and is seen as the direct ancestor of M. meriodionalis, although its tusk diverged more widely from its skull than later species of mammoth, which might indicate that it was an evolutionary dead end.[1]


  1. ^ Lister, Adrian; Bahn, Paul (2007). Mammoths: giants of the ice age. Frances Lincoln. p. 23.