dwarf elephant

[ dwawrf-el-uh-fuhnt ]

  1. any of numerous prehistoric proboscideans that evolved into much smaller sizes than their immediate ancestors, which had colonized islands unable to sustain their larger forms: the dwarf elephant fossils found on Mediterranean, Indonesian, and Californian islands provide evidence for the phenomenon of insular dwarfism.

Origin of dwarf elephant

First recorded in 1865–70

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