Mammuthus meridionalis

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Mammuthus meridionalis
Temporal range: 2.5–1.5Ma
Gelasian
Museum of Natural History Southern Mammoth.jpg
Skeleton of Mammuthus meridionalis, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Proboscidea
Family: Elephantidae
Genus: Mammuthus
Species: M. meridionalis
Binomial name
Mammuthus meridionalis
(Nesti, 1825)
Synonyms
  • Archidiskodon meridionalis
  • Mammuthus gromovi (Alexeeva & Garutt, 1965)
  • Mammuthus meridionalis vestinus
  • M. m. voigtstedtensis (Dietrich, 1965)

Mammuthus meridionalis, or the southern mammoth, is an extinct species of mammoth endemic to Europe and central Asia from the Gelasian stage of the Early Pleistocene, living from 2.5–1.5 mya.[1]

Description[edit]

Mammuthus meridionalis

With a height of about 4 m. (13 ft) and estimated weight of 8 to 10 tons, M. meridionalis is one of the largest proboscideans to have ever lived, along with other larger species of mammoth, and the earlier Deinotherium. It had robust twisted tusk, common of mammoths. Its molars had low crowns and a small number of thick enamel ridges, adapted to a woodland diet of leaves and shrubs, this indicates it lived on a relatively warm climate which makes more probable that it lacked dense fur. [2]

Habitat and Diet[edit]

Plant and fossils found with the remains show that M. meridionalis was living in a time of mild climate, generally as warm or slightly warmer than Europe experiences today. Deciduous mixed wood provided its habitat and food, which compromised mostly of tree-browse: oak, ash, beech and other familiar European trees, as well as some that are now exotic to the region, such as hemlock, wing nut and hickory. A complete skeleton is in Stavropol State Museum. Further east, discoveries at Ubeidiyah (Israel) and Dmanisi (Georgia) show the early mammoth living in a partially open habitat with grassy areas, though subsisting on scattered trees and shrubs. [2]

Images[edit]

Mammuthus meridionalis molar
Complete skeleton in Stavropol State Museum

References[edit]

  1. ^ PaleoBiology Database: Mammuthus meridionalis, basic info
  2. ^ a b Lister, Adrian; Bahn, Paul. (10/11/2007). Mammoths: giants of the ice age. Frances Lincoln LTD. pp. 25–26.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

External links[edit]

Media related to Mammuthus meridionalis at Wikimedia Commons