Abstract: The first dental remains of trilophodont gomphotheres are described from the Middle Miocene (Sarmatian) of the Slovak part of the Western Carpathians. Teeth show characteristic features of the genus Gomphotherium, but have some affinities both to G. sylvaticum and G. angustidens. Stratigraphically the material may be assigned to G. angustidens, but because of slight morphological diff erences we classify it as G. cf. angustidens. Diffi culties in taxonomy arise due to the extreme morphometric variability, but also to the insufficient interpretation of some dental elements on worn teeth. Rare occurrence of gomphotheres in Slovakia as well as in the whole Western Carpathians area is probably caused by palaeoecological factors, complemented with some natural barriers (Paratethys Sea, major uplifted phase of Alps and Carpathians with extended volcanic activity). With 9 figures and 1 table.
Author(s): Tóth, Cs. & Gasparik, M.
Title: Sarmatian Gomphotherium cf. angustidens (Proboscidea, Mammalia) remains from Horné Ozorovce (Slovakia), with taxonomic and palaeogeographical implications
Taxonomy, palaeogeography, Middle Miocene, morphometry, Gomphotherium, Western CarpathiansSubject:
palaeontologyJournal: Fragmenta Palaeontologica HungaricaJournal abbreviation: Fragm. Palaeont. Hung.ISSN: 1586-930XPublisher: Hungarian Natural History Museum, BudapestEditor(s): Dulai, A.
, Lőkös, L. & Fuisz, T. I.