(also proboscidian) Zoology
A mammal of the order Proboscidea, which comprises the elephants and their extinct relatives.
- The nature and behavior of these proboscideans have also haunted South African naturalist Lyall Watson, who evokes their world in Elephantoms: Tracking the Elephant (W. W. Norton).
- In addition, because they are believed to be the sister group to proboscideans, their aquatic preferences raise interesting evolutionary questions.
- The earliest proboscideans lacked any trunk or tusks.
Relating to or denoting proboscideans.
- Hypsodonty has been shown to be a spurious correlate to obligate grazing in previous studies on certain equid and proboscidean taxa as well.
- As humans moved north into Eurasia from Africa and, later, south from Alaska across the Americas, proboscidean range contracted correspondingly.
- If climate was the culprit, then people and proboscideans should have shared some of the same territory, at least until climate change shrunk proboscidean habitat.
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