- Pliocene Age
- River Find
- Beaufort County, South Carolina
- The tooth measures approx. 7.75″ long and will come on the custom-made stand as shown.
Gomphotherium is a prehistoric elephant which lived approximately 15 million to 5 million years ago – from the Early Miocene through the Early Pliocene Periods. It was first discovered in the early 19th century and was named by Hermann Burmeister in 1837. The name of this elephant means “welded mammal.”
If you take a look at Gomphotherium pictures, then you might be a bit surprised. That’s because this mammal is clearly an elephant – as can be seen from its large body, thick legs, fan-like ears and large trunk. However, it also has features that a modern elephant doesn’t have; most notably, the shovel-toothed lower tusk of this animal.