Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Stegodon huanghoensis

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2330
Stegodon huanghoensis is a species of Proboscida. Its name was chosen because this set of fossils was found in the Huanghe (Yellow River) district. It was 4 m tall and 8 m long with 3-m-long tusks, which are like a pair of swords. Therefore, it is also called the ‘sword-tusk elephant’. This set of Stegodon fossils is currently the most complete set in the world. This fossil is an important palaeontological finding for studies of the palaeo-geography and ancient climate in the Gansu area (Fig. 41).
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