Morphological and ecological diversity of Amebelodontidae (Proboscidea, Mammalia) revealed by a Miocene fossil accumulation of an upper-tuskless proboscidean

  title={Morphological and ecological diversity of Amebelodontidae (Proboscidea, Mammalia) revealed by a Miocene fossil accumulation of an upper-tuskless proboscidean},
  author={Shi-Qi Wang and T. Deng and Jie. Ye and W. He and Shanqin Chen},
  journal={Journal of Systematic Palaeontology},
  pages={601 - 615}
Amebelodontidae is the most taxonomically and morphologically diverse group of proboscideans. However, relative to the morphological variation of the mandible and mandibular tusks, ecological and phylogenetic differentiations within Amebelodontidae have been largely debated. Here we evaluate a middle Miocene fossil accumulation of a new amebelodontid, Aphanobelodon zhaoi gen. et sp. nov. This species lacks upper tusks, which is unique in elephantiforms. The mandible and mandibular tusk… Expand
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