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- n. Any of several extinct proboscideans, of the family Gomphotheriidae, from North America
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- n. extinct elephants of Central American and South America; of the Miocene and Pleistocene
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It seems clear that an elephant-like animal, a mastodon or gomphothere, extinct for 12,000 years, was the intended consumer of avocados.
"This is the first kill site I've ever heard of in North America," said W. David Lambert, a gomphothere expert at the Louisiana School of Science, Mathematics and Arts. "That's a pretty important discovery."
The gomphothere was likely hunted by the Clovis people.