|Named By:||Andrews in 1901|
|Time Period:||Late Eocene-Early Oligocene|
|Location:||Egypt, Ethiopia & Saudi Arabia|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Mammalia | Eutheria | Afrotheria | Proboscidea ||
Palaeomastodon an extinct genus of Proboscidea. Palaeomastodon fossils have been found in Africa, lived some 36-35 million years ago. They are believed to be the ancestors of elephants or mastodons.
Palaeomastodon had tusks, both upper and lower, and it had a trunk. It was about 2.2 metres (7 ft 3 in) tall at the shoulder and weighed about 2.5 tonnes (2.5 long tons; 2.8 short tons). The lower tusks were flat rather than pointed cones, and were probably used to scoop plants from swampy water.