Gomphotherium, "Welded Beast" stood around 3 meters (9.8 ft) high with an estimated weight of 4-5 tons, and bore a strong resemblance to a modern elephant. However, it had four tusks; two on the upper jaw and two on the elongated lower jaw. The lower tusks are parallel and shaped like a shovel and were probably used for digging up food from mud. Unlike modern elephants, the upper tusks were covered by a layer of enamel. Compared to elephants, the skull was more elongated and low, indicating that the animal had a short trunk, rather like a tapir's. These animals probably lived in swamps or near lakes, using their tusks to dig or scrape up aquatic vegetation. In comparison to earlier proboscids, Gomphotherium had far fewer molars; the remaining ones had high ridges to expand their grinding surface. Gomphotherium inhabited dry wooded regions near lakes.

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Weighing in at 2 pounds 2.7 ounces this beautiful Gomphotherium Tooth came from a Juvenile Gomphotherium and has a biting surface that is 5 1/2 inches long, 3 1/4 inches wide & 3 inches tall.


Beaufort, S.C.