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African Elephant Species Splits in Two

Science  24 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5534, pp. 1414
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5534.1414a

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As the largest land mammal, elephants should be hard to miss. But scientists have apparently overlooked an entire species. On page 1473, a team of geneticists and elephant experts describe new molecular evidence showing that forest- and savanna-dwelling elephants, currently lumped together in a single species called Loxodonta africana, each merits its own species name.