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Temporal range: Late Eocene–Early Oligocene
|A restoration of Palaeomastodon beadnelli|
Palaeomastodon was an ancestor of elephants or mastodons, hence its name. It was also related to the proboscidean Moeritherium.
Similar to the later gomphotheres, Palaeomastodon possessed four tusks; two on the upper jaw and the other two on the lower. The tusks on the lower jaw were flat rather than conical and were most likely used to scoop plant material from swampy water.