Body size in proboscideans, with notes on elephant metabolism

  title={Body size in proboscideans, with notes on elephant metabolism},
  author={Per Christiansen},
  journal={Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society},
  • P. Christiansen
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
Mass estimates for a number of fossil proboscideans were computed using regression analyses on appendicular bones to body mass, for seven specimens of modern elephants, for which body masses had been recorded prior to death. The marked differences in physical proportions between extant Loxodonta and Elephas, implying substantial differences in body mass at any given shoulder height, were not present in their long bone parameters. Length and least circumferences proved to be the best parameters… 

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