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phylum Chordata Deinotherium is the type genus of the family Deinotheriidae, which evolved from the smaller, early Miocene Prodeinotherium. These proboscideans represent a totally distinct line of evolutionary descent to that of other elephants, one that probably diverged very early in the history of the group as a whole.

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class Mammalia
infraclass Eutheria
order Proboscidea
family †Deinotheriidae
genus †Deinotherium
temporal range middle Miocene
Early Pleistocene