Phylogeny of Elves

Monday, December 28th, 2015

A recent phylogenetic study confirms what I’ve long contended:

This study reconstructs the evolutionary tree of elves using 26 life history, morphological, behavioral, and magical characters. Notably, we include Christmas elves, J.K. Rowling’s elves, and the elves of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. Our findings suggest that Christmas elves should not be classified as elves but are actually more closely related to dwarves.

Phylogeny of Elves Abstract


  1. Bob Sykes says:

    Now, we need a phylogeny of the reindeer.

  2. Slovenian Guest says:

    No problem, Warwick Davis can play both!

    Fun fact from Rod in the article comments:

    The difference between faeries and pixies is largely good intent vs evil intent rather than a difference in morphology. Pixies will hide cups or forks until just after you have set the dishwasher going or hide your reading glasses. Faeries will put your car keys where you can find them or place a coin down the side of a sofa when you desperately need it.

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