order Proboscidea

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Noun1.order Proboscidea - an order of animals including elephants and mammoths
animal order - the order of animals
Eutheria, subclass Eutheria - all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
proboscidean, proboscidian - massive herbivorous mammals having tusks and a long trunk
family Mammutidae, family Mastodontidae, Mammutidae - extinct family: mastodons
family Gomphotheriidae, Gomphotheriidae - elephants extinct since the Pleistocene
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Mastodons are members of the extinct genus "Mammut" of the order Proboscidea and form the family Mammutidae; they resembled, but were distinct from, the woolly mammoth, which belongs to the family Elephantidae.
If we do not "bring elephants back and offer them a chance for an evolving, deepening citizenship" in the current natural world, she says, "then Order Proboscidea will never again produce American endemics; the evolution of Order Proboscidea in the NewWorld will be over.