The straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) is an extinct species of elephantthat inhabited Europe during the Middle and Late Pleistocene (781,000–50,000 years before present). Some experts[who?] regard the larger Asian species, Palaeoloxodon namadicus, as a variant or subspecies. It was formerly thought to be closely related to the living Asian elephant; however, in 2016, DNA sequence analysis showed that its closest extant relative is actually the African forest elephant, Loxodonta cyclotis. It is closer to L. cyclotis than L. cyclotis is to the African bush elephant, L. africana, thus invalidating the genus Loxodonta as currently recognized. Alternatively, Palaeoloxodon antiquus might be more appropriately described as Loxodonta antiquus.
(From Wikipedia, June 2018)