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  • n. Plural form of gomphothere.


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  • More than fourteen thousand years ago, giant sloths, mastodons, mammoths, elephantine gomphotheres and Hummer-sized beavers roamed the Americas.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Five species of proboscidians (mammoths, mastadons and gomphotheres) once roamed North America in the Late Pleistocene; today many of the remaining African and Asian elephants are in grave danger.

    The Pleistocene Park

  • Details about extinct species like the kangaroo-lion and four-tusked gomphotheres sit alongside facts about animals who survived to the present, such as polar bears; several significant fossil finds are also discussed.

    Publishers Weekly - Children's Books News

  • But Sánchez said researchers would have to find more sites like World's End before they can say whether gomphotheres were widely hunted. | news

  • Researchers from the University of Arizona and Mexico's anthropology institute say they found the bones of two young gomphotheres, along with blades, a scraping tool and stone chips from making spear tips, at an 11,000-year-old ice-age encampment between Caborca and Hermosillo in Sonora. | news

  • MEXICO CITY - Scientists have found evidence that cavemen near the Arizona-Mexico border were butchering gomphotheres, an elephant-like beast with a crocodilelike snout that was believed to be nearly extinct in North America by the time humans appeared there. | news

  • About 12,000-10,000 years ago, when modern humans reached the continent, these animals vanished, and according to Corlett, Janzen argued that "as a consequence of this, species that produce fruits dispersed by gomphotheres and other now extinct giant vertebrates have suffered."

    The annotated budak

  • 1982 Science paper in which Janzen postulates a link between plant species distribution trends and the extinction of gomphotheres (giant mastodon-like animals), horses, ground sloths and other megafauna in Central America.

    The annotated budak


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