Trilophodont Gomphothere

 

Trilophodont Gomphothere

Locality: South Dakota
Formation: Thin Elk
Length: 4 m (13 feet)
Height @ Hips: 2.8 m (9 feet)
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Gomphothere Scale

Trilophodont Gomphothere

The gomphotheres, large “shovel-tuskers”, were wide-spread across the globe. They had tooth structures different than elephants. While generally going extinct in the Pleistocene, they may have survived in South America to as recent as the year 400. This specimen representing a new species is 2.8 meters (9 feet) high and 4 meters (13 feet ) long.