Dinosaur demise brought the rise of the elephants

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YOU wouldn’t have recognised Eritherium as an elephant when it was roaming Morocco 60 million years ago. It weighed only 5 kilograms, and its canines were nothing like tusks. But detailed study of the newly discovered fossil’s teeth, jaws and skull shows it to be the oldest member yet found of the order Proboscidea, of which elephants are the only living survivors. The new find may shed light on the origins of elephants and other mammals, says Emmanuel Gheerbrant of the French National Museum of Natural History in Paris (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: