The Ancestor Of The Modern Day Elephant Was . . . . . The Size Of A Rabbit!

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While it was known that the giant woolly mammoth is the ancestor of the modern-day elephant, very little was known about how and when the modern day elephant and other mammals evolved following the demise of the dinosaurs, about 65 million years ago.

Now thanks to a 60-million year-old fossil found in Morocco, scientists believe that they may have some insights. The skull found belongs to a trunk-less animal that paleontologists believe measured less than 2ft from tip to tail and weighed less than 11lbs.

While it looks nothing like our modern day nelly, scientists believe that its jutting front incisor teeth are the beginnings of the tusks of the modern-day elephant - And that this creature was indeed the first evolution of the mammal after the dinosaurs disappeared.

Besides being ten million years older than any other elephant fossil find, the skull also indicates that new species of animals and rodents, the direct predecessors to our modern animals, started to develop just six million years after the dinosaur era, much sooner than scientists had previously estimated.

sources: telegraph.co.uk, nationalgeographic.com

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78 Comments
  • Zwivhuya over 3 years
    Cool
    • Jordanover 3 years
      i wish they hd pics tho
      • tyleralmost 4 years
        this is a good site... i think
        • yay boyover 4 years
          this great 😄
          • aidenalmost 5 years
            Wow i thought that would be the size of a Apatosaurus...prob not a Apatosaurus But you know what i mean :) :) :) :) :)...................................:)
            • Dino Girl!almost 5 years
              Wow i thought that would be the size of liike a.....a......t rex idk...prob not a t rex but you know what i mean!
              • nachosover 6 years
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                • yayover 6 years
                  cool
                  • cleopatraover 6 years
                    awesome
                    • brithaabout 7 years
                      Like realy an elephant the size of a rabbit u guys gotta be joking..... lol no ways...
                      • aphphilippines
                        aphphilippinesover 6 years
                        Wanna bet?It's not impossible, we humans used to have tails! So I bet that an elephant can be the size of an elephant.:)
                        • ciarasmagnet
                          ciarasmagnetabout 6 years
                          seriously? i dont think so, aphphillippines