Dwarf elephant

prehistoric elephant species, compare Q2605305

Dwarf elephants are prehistoric elephants which lived in the Pleistocene period. They are an example of island dwarfism.

Dwarf elephants
Temporal range: Pleistocene
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Skeleton of a Cretan Dwarf elephant.
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Fossil remains of dwarf elephants have been found on the Mediterranean islands of Cyprus, Malta, Crete, Sicily, Sardinia, the Cyclades Islands and Dodecanese islands. Other islands where dwarf elephants have been found are Sulawesi, Flores, Timor and other islands of the Lesser Sundas and the Channel Islands of California.

They are considered to be one of the only elephant of the Mediterranean islands belonging to the mammoth line.