Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Wiki
Miocene Elephant
Miocene Elephant.png
Latin name: Stegotetrabelodon syrticus
Temperament: Irascible Threat
Habitat(s): Savanna
 • SenseIcon Carcass.png Mammal Meat
 • SenseIcon HardBone.pngHard Bone

The Miocene Elephant is a wildlife item and an irascible threat animal.


The Enemy Elephant.png Miocene Elephant is a very large animal found in small herds in the Region Savanna Icon.png Savanna region. The Miocene Elephant is perhaps the most difficult animal in the game to interact with due to its size and temperament. They do not give much warning before attacking, unlike the other Irascible Threats who warn a Hominid thoroughly before charging.


The Miocene Elephant is a very large animal that appears to be grazing in small herds. Don't let this fool you! Elephants are very territorial and will attack with little to no warning. Great care should be taken if you decide to engage in combat with one of these animals. The Elephant uses their large size to trample over a threat to inflict Injury minor ico.png Injury major ico.png Injury. Being a very large animal, the elephant is the most confident animal in the game and it is very hard to Intimidate ico 128.png intimidate even holding weapons. It is even difficult to intimidate an elephant with a group of hominids with weapons.

If you do decide to attack, use the best weapons you can acquire. It is recommended to use SenseIcon SharpStick.pngSharpened Sticks first, MindIcon Stick.pngSticks next, and as a last resort rocks or hard tools. The more damage you can do from a distance, the better. They have a very large amount of health and it will take multiple strikes to take down this large animal. Be aware that while it would normally take multiple successful attacks to kill this animal, if you have enough combat neurons you can actually kill an elephant with one sharpened stick if you're lucky.


The Enemy Elephant carcass.png Miocene Elephant Carcass provides SenseIcon Carcass.png Mammal Meat and SenseIcon HardBone.pngHard Bone when it is Butcher ico 128.pngbutchered. The carcass can be butchered three times. To butcher a carcass more than once, all the items dropped from the previous butchering must be picked up.

Interactions With Other Animals[]

When different animals get in close proximity to each other, they can attack and kill each other. Animals can fight each other on their own or you can cause them to move nearer to each other to initiate combat. Some of these methods are intimidation to scare them towards another animal, have them chase you and you run past another animal, or perform a dodge and the animal runs towards another animal.

When animals fight each other, a cut-scene will play showing one animal attacking and killing the other. There are a large number of Evolution Feats that deal specifically with trying to cause animals to fight and kill each other.

The Miocene Elephant is a very formidable foe that can hold its own against all animals it interacts with.

Can Kill[]

The Miocene Elephant can kill a large number of animals. The Astute Dominator of the Elephant is the evolution feat that deals with the kills the elephant can perform.

Can Be Killed By[]

The Miocene Elephant is such a formidable foe that no other animal can match it in combat. It will kill other animals that invade its territory but it won't seek out combat.


  • Ancestors marks just the second appearance of Stegotetrabelodon in popular culture, with the first being its appearance in the PBS documentary, When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time, also released in 2019.
  • Stegotetrabelodon is a genus of extinct gomphothere-like primitive elephant that lived in Africa during the Late Miocene and Early Pliocene epochs.
  • Unlike the hominids that evolve over time during the game, animals don't change over time. If it was possible to see the evolution of animals, Stegotetrabelodon would evolve into Primelephas around the time of the Ardipithecus Ramidus. Primelephas (the Pliocene Elephant) is the ancestor of both modern African elephants Loxodonta) and Asian elephants (Elephas). It is also ancestor of the mammoths (Mammuthus) and straight-tusked elephants (Palaeoloxodon).