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The Solution of the Cryptomastodon Problem

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

Cryptomastodon martini Von Koenigswald from the Pleistocene of Java is based upon two molar fragments and a humerus portion. The molar fragments originally described as Mastodon by Martin and by Van Es are referable to Stegodon trigonocephalus Martin. The humerus portion described as Problematicum by Stehlin belongs to the giant land tortoise Geochelone atlas (Falconer & Cautley). As the material upon which Cryptomastodon martini has been based represents two already named taxa this name must be sunk.


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