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- n. Plural form of elephantid.
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The smaller of the fossil elephantids, Stegodon sompoensis, stood only about five feet high and weighed no more than a buffalo.
He could easily have cited the Aldabran tortoise, the chuckwalla of Angel de la Guarda, the hippo of Madagascar, the beetles of Madeira, the elephantids of Timor, the iguanas of the Galápagos, the finches of Darwin and Lack, the earwig of Saint Helena, and the dodo.
The elephantids of Timor and Flores were remarkably small.
The elephantids of Crete, Malta, and Cyprus were dwarfs.
Diamond reasoned that ancestral komodos, during their evolutionary progress toward gigantism, may have fed on these pygmy elephantids, possibly victimizing the juveniles in particular.
He gathered a pile of interesting data on the distribution of fossil elephants more properly, elephantids, a group that also includes mammoths and on the aquatic exploits of living elephants.