Even a five-foot at the shoulder pygmy elephant would still be a massive beast. I wanted to call this work Slightly Smaller Elephants - Possibly but I was persuaded that Pygmy Elephants had a better ring to it.
Author: Matt Salusbury
If ever there was a contender for "giant dwarfs" or "the world's biggest dwarf," pygmy elephants are it. Even a five-foot at the shoulder pygmy elephant would still be a massive beast. I wanted to call this work Slightly Smaller Elephants - Possibly but I was persuaded that Pygmy Elephants had a better ring to it. There have in the past - millions to hundreds of thousands of years ago - been smaller species of elephants, well-documented in the fossil record, some of whom we will meet shortly. And there have been claims made for the existence of living pygmy elephants in various remote and not-so-remote parts of the world today.
16 PYGMY ELEPHANT Those predators had fins instead of legs and likely could
not dig the underwater tunnels ... Africa's forest elephants — identified as a
separate species through DNA testing in 2001— rarely exceed 8 ft. in height and
Author: Michael Newton
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A global survey of unknown creatures reported by thousands of eyewitnesses--creatures that have either been verified, refuted, or are still being examined by scientific researchers. * Nearly 100 entries on the full range of cryptids, organized into categories of types of animals * Primary sources, including eyewitness accounts of sightings of undocumented creatures * Sketches of reported hidden animals and photographs of real species uncovered in the pursuit of cryptids * A "Who's Who" in cryptozoology with brief biographies of major figures in the field * A wide-ranging bibliography of print and online resources for further exploration * A comprehensive index of animals (real and speculative), people, places, and discoveries
PYGMY ELEPHANT 205 died in 1915, survive in the collection of the American
Museum of Natural History. ... Early twentieth-century expeditions and collecting
trips to the Congo captured pygmy elephants and took them to zoos in Europe
Author: Loren Coleman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The ultimate quest for the world's most mysterious creatures The Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman -- these are the names of the elusive beasts that have caught the eye and captured the imaginations of people around the world for centuries. Recently, tales of these "monsters" have been corroborated by an increase in sightings, and out of these legends a new science has been born: cryptozoology -- the study of hidden animals. Cryptozoology A to Z, the first encyclopedia of its kind, contains nearly two hundred entries, including cryptids (the name given to these unusual beasts), new animal finds, and the explorers and scientists who search for them. Loren Coleman, one of the world's leading cryptozoologists, teams up with Jerome Clark, editor and author of several encyclopedias, to provide these definitive descriptions and many never-before-published drawings and photographs from eyewitnesses' detailed accounts. Full of insights into the methods of these scientists, exciting tales of discovery, and the history and evolution of this field, Cryptozoology A to Z is the most complete reference ever of the newest zoological science.
“I took a closer look and cried, 'These are not baby elephants at all — they are
rare pygmy elephants!' “How can you tell, Shlomo?' asked Alan. “Because they
have tusks. Baby elephants don't have tusks; only adult ones do. “In fact,” said
... the other, younger islands. These islands, in contrast, are notable for their
elephants and hippos, which probably arrived in the Quaternary (during the
Pleistocene). There are remains of pygmy elephants and pygmy hippos on Malta,
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Pygmy elephants populate Mediterranean islands Polyphemus, the Bible and the
true nature of fossils ... recent period of earth history, a side-branch of the
proboscideans developed pygmy elephants, only about the size of a Shetland
Author: Karl Gröning
Traces the history of elephants, describes their behavior and characteristics, and looks at their influence on various cultures
Pygmy elephants and giant rats evolved in the isolation of these insular
environments. Thus, the telltale signs of an insular fauna can be used to deduce
the island's palaeogeography. The faunas from the Gargano (Italy), a region
Author: Willem Renema
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This book offers exchanges between the fields of paleontology and zoology as patterns of biodiversity have long attracted the attention of both biologists and paleontologists. It covers the development of isolated island faunas, paleogeography and zoomorphology. The book shows that patterns are not always what they seem if looked at without a spatial or temporal reference.
—T - The same band of elephants—four adults and two juveniles — as shown in
the first photo. ... He concluded that “there is no reason to believe that a pygmy elephant exists” (David Western, 1986, The Pygmy Elephant: A Myth and a ...
report by calling for the pygmy elephant to be classed not merely as a separate
subspecies, but actually as a ... troops or herds of pygmy elephants is proof of
their distinct taxonomic status, because juvenile forest elephants never dissociate
The title is “Did Komodo Dragons Evolve to Eat Pygmy Elephants?” 44 THEY DID
INDEED evolve on a diet of elephants, Diamond argued. This idea, he
acknowledged, had been suggested by Walter Auffenberg. Diamond's supporting
Author: David Quammen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders. In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity. Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.