Type specimen of Asian elephant, lost and found


Type specimen of Asian elephant, lost and found

specimen of Asian elephant

Speaker: Professor Adrian Lister, Natural History Museum, London and Professor Tom Gilbert, Statens Naturhistoriske Museum, Copenhagen An elephant foetus preserved in a museum jar formed the starting point for a remarkable story of taxonomic sleuthing. Listed by Linnaeus in 1758 as a type specimen of Elephas maximus – the name that became associated with the Asian elephant – its large ears were always a concern, and cutting-edge research using protein and DNA sequencing has shown that the specimen is in fact an African elephant. This research was published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society in November 2013, two key contributors of this research will tell us more about the lost and found type specimen for the Asian elephant.

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