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Gomphothere genera[edit]

The Wiki article for Amebelodon seems to have much more information than that of Platybelodon, including some information about Gomphotheres. I don't have time at the moment, but: a good start would be to regularize those two genera pages. -- 20:37, 2 August 2006 (UTC)

Needs revision[edit]

The Wikipedia entries on this family, and on most of the proboscidean genera, are out of date. Gomphotheriidae sensu lato is not a valid group. Most of the proboscideans that are called "gomphotheres" on Wikipedia have been reclassified in different families: Stegomastodontidae, Tetralophodontidae, Anancidae, and Ambelodontidae. Gomphotherium is no longer considered the universal ancestor of all mastodonts. -- (talk) 17:35, 13 February 2009 (UTC)


Reliable sources use both Gomphotheriidae and Gomphotheridae. Please explain this in the article. --Una Smith (talk) 15:45, 22 August 2009 (UTC)

Extinction date of 400 CE is dubious[edit]

I have been trying to validate the 400 CE extinction date specified in this article. The reference given in the Wiki article is just an encyclopedia entry that specifically ties this date to cuvieronius. The words in the encyclopedia entry itself are also very speculative, saying things like "cuvieronius probably died out as recently as 400 CE," but then giving no scholarly backup for this date.

I also tried for several hours to search through the scientific literature, but was unable to find any articles that validate the 400 CE date. This date seems especially dubious when one considers that virtually every other form of megafuana in North America seems to have died off around 8,000-10,000 years ago (at the very most recent). Until someone can provide a real peer-reviewed source for this number, it should be called into question. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nageljr (talkcontribs) 19:56, 9 April 2010 (UTC)

Link to german Version and Dating[edit]

I think, the link to the german Version of the Article is false. It leads to the Gomphoterium, which is only one part of this Family (here is the english Article to this). As far as I understand this, the correct Link should be this one: Gomphoterien.

Also in the german article it is mentioned, this Family lived from 28.4 Mio onwards till 11,000 Years (should be 9.000 Years BC), the Article here says something from 12 Mio Years till 1.6 Mio. I really would like to find out, which time-span is now the correct one. Please forgive me my bad english -- Hartmann Schedel Prost 09:41, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

Why Are The Dates Of The Article In BP As Opposed To BC?[edit]

Why are the dates of the article in BP as opposed to BC? Everyone who reads the article is not going to understand the dates unless they read and further research the shoddy Wikipedia article on BP connotation. (talk) 17:20, 27 August 2012 (UTC)BeeCier

Gomphothere and Clovis culture?[edit]

A recent article made the front page of Science Daily: Bones of elephant ancestor unearthed

It seems like this is good information to be added, but I wanted to share and discuss before doing so. Challenger l (talk) 11:29, 15 July 2014 (UTC)