News of the WeekEcology

African Elephant Species Splits in Two

See allHide authors and affiliations

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

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


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.