Phiomia

The genus Phiomia, ancestor of mammoths and elephants

The genus Phiomia is the second step in the elephant evolution after Moeritherium. Descendants are Deinotherium and Palaeomastodon.

Phiomia lived during late Eocene and early Oligocene (abt 36 million years ago) and has been found in El Fayum in Egypt. and later Elephants.

Phiomia had a trunk, tusks in both jaws, was about 1,40-2,40 meter high and lived in swamps, feeding on water plants. Its teeth were typical of all mastodons, consisting of a series of paired conical cusps. Phiomia had no first incisors or canines.

Species

Sources

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