Gomphotheriidae

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Gomphotheriidae

[‚gäm·fō·thə′rī·ə‚dē]
(paleontology)
A family of extinct proboscidean mammals in the suborder Elephantoidea consisting of species with shoveling or digging specializations of the lower tusks.
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Population structure of the gomphothere Stegomastodon waringi (Mammalia: Proboscidea: Gomphotheriidae) from the Pleistocene of Brazil.
Anatomy of Haplomastodon chimborazi (Mammalia, Proboscidea) from the late Pleistocene of Ecuador and its bearing on the phylogeny and systematics of South American gomphotheres.
If Clovis culture developed in the Great Plains as traditionally thought, that must have occurred much earlier than scientists previously estimated--well before gomphothere hunters inhabited El Fin del Mundo, says anthropologist and study coauthor Vance Holliday of the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Although evidence of gomphothere hunting at El Fin del Mundo is exciting, it's unclear when Clovis culture originated, says archaeologist Michael Waters of Texas A&M University in College Station.
According to Whistler, who has been collecting fossils in the area since the late 1950s, the shovel-tusk gomphothere, along with prehistoric versions of horses, antelopes, camels and even a ``sheep-deer,'' thrived in the valley before it ever became a desert.
Photo: (1--Color only in AV edition) David Whistler of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum views the cement-encased fossil of a tusk of the gomphothere.
In current taxonomy, the gomphothere from Tarija would be identified as Cuvieronius hyodon (Lucas, 2008a, b; Ferretti, 2008).
2) is a New World gomphothere known from the Pliocene-Pleistocene of North America and the Pleistocene of Central and South America (e.
Feeding ecology, dispersal, and extinction of South American Pleistocene gomphotheres (Gomphotheriidae, Proboscidea).
Late Pleistocene Gomphotheres (Proboscidea) from the Arroyo Tapalque Locality (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and their Taxonomic and Biogeographic Implication.
2 mm on ET 5403), smooth occlusal surface, and the absence of additional enamel plications characteristic of gomphotheres.