DNA mapping confirms there are three species of modern elephant

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A team of international scientists involving the University of Adelaide have published the first map of the elephant family’s genomic history.

The research confirms there are three species of modern elephant, rather than just the two commonly known African and Asian elephants.

The University of Adelaide component of the study has also led to a new and novel approach for reconstructing evolutionary relationships between species, which the researchers say is likely to be invaluable in mapping the evolutionary trees of other animals.

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