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Temporal range: Early Eocene
Drawings and SEM images of cheek teeth of Gomphos elkema
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Eutheria
Superorder: Euarchontoglires
(unranked): Glires
Genus: Gomphos
Shevyreva, 1975
  • G. elkema Shevyreva 1975 (type)

Gomphos is an extinct genus of early lagomorph from the early Eocene some 55 million years ago of China and Mongolia. The type species is G. elkema. The Greek word γόμφος (Romanized gomphos) means "nail" but can also be used to signify molar teeth.


  • The Beginning of the Age of Mammals by Kenneth D. Rose
  • The Rise of Placental Mammals: Origins and Relationships of the Major Extant Clades by Kenneth D. Rose and J. David Archibald

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