Family Tree of Elephants – Genetic Investigation and Unexpected Interbreeding Fact


The most far-reaching elephant genome research that was ever done, which talked about seven living and extinct species, is about to give us new shocking information about the family tree of the world’s biggest land creature, while additionally settling a verbal debate about Africa’s elephants.

Scientists said that their exploration affirmed that the two kinds of African elephants, those which live in forests and those wandering in savannas, are separate species that have lived in an almost entire disconnection from each other for the past half million years in spite of their closeness.

Genetic investigation

The analysts took care of everything and arranged the class of a few species of elephants, such as African savanna elephants, forest elephants, Asian elephants. When it came to the extinct species, they talked about straight-tusked elephants, mammoths, and American mastodons. Mastodons are not quite considered to be members of the elephant category. They are seen as their cousins.

Geneticist Eleftheria Palkopoulou stated that she trusts that this examination can make a change in the world for the rich history of elephants and underscore the requirement for protecting the main three elephant species that are still here with us on this planet, and which are generally under the fast-approaching danger of extinction from poaching and natural surroundings misfortune.

The exploration found numerous cases of gene flow, interbreeding to be exact, between various extinct elephant species. However, this has, for all intents, stopped among the nowadays elephants.

When it comes to their different ethnicity

The straight-tusked elephants that once occupied Europe and Asia (keep in mind that the biggest of the species which were studied reached up to 13 feet tall and 15 tons) are a valid example. The species end up being half and half, hybrids with segments of their genome emerging from an old African elephant, the woolly mammoth and the African forest elephants still alive today.

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