Archaeobelodon

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Archaeobelodon
Temporal range: Miocene
Archaeobelodon filholi skeleton.JPG
Skeleton
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Proboscidea
Family: Gomphotheriidae
Genus: Archaeobelodon
Tassy, 1984
Species
  • A. filholi

Archaeobelodon is an extinct genus of proboscidea of the family Gomphotheriidae endemic to Europe and Africa during the Miocene from 16.9—16.0 Ma, living for approximately 0.9 million years.[1]

Mandible

Archaeobelodon was an ancestor of Platybelodon and Amebelodon. Archaeobelodon had a trunk and tusks.[2] It reached a weight of about 2305 - 3477 kg, being smaller than a modern elephant.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paleobiology database: Archaeobelodon basic info
  2. ^ Alberdi, M. T.; Prado, J. L.; Ortiz-Jaureguizar, E.; Posadas, P.; Donato, M. (2007), "Historical Biogeography of Trilophoont Gomphotheres (Mammalia, Proboscidea) Recontructed Applying Dispersion-Vicariance Analysis", in Díaz-Martínez, E.; Rábano, I., Proceedings of the 4th European Meeting on the Palaeontology and Stratigraphy of Latin America, Zaragoza Spain 17-19 September 2007, Madrid: Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, pp. 9–14, ISBN 978-84-7840-707-1, retrieved 2008-07-28 
  3. ^ http://www.nhm-wien.ac.at/jart/prj3/nhm/data/uploads/mitarbeiter_dokumente/goehlich/2010/Goehlich_2010_Proboscidea%20Sandelzhausen.pdf