Rhynchotherium

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Rhynchotherium
Temporal range: Miocene–Pliocene
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Restoration
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Proboscidea
Family: Gomphotheriidae
Genus: Rhynchotherium
Falconer, 1868
Species
  • R. blicki
  • R. falconeri
  • R. tlascalae

Rhynchotherium is an extinct genus of proboscidea endemic to North America and Central America during the Miocene through Pliocene from 13.650—3.6 Ma, living for approximately 10 million years.[1]

This gomphothere had two tusks and may have evolved from Gomphotherium.[2]

Taxonomy[edit]

Rhynchotherium was named by Falconer (1868). Its type is Rhynchotherium tlascalae. It was assigned to Gomphotheriidae by Falconer (1868), Carroll (1988), Lambert and Shoshani (1998) and Corona-M and Alberdi (2006).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paleobiology database: Rhynchotherium basic info
  2. ^ Arroyo-Cabrales, J.; Polaco, O. J.; Laurito, C.; Johnson, E.; Alberdi, M. T.; Zamora, A. L. V. (2007). "The proboscideans (Mammalia) from Mesoamerica". Quaternary International (Elsevier). 169-170: 17–23. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2006.12.017. Retrieved 2008-07-28.