Baigusheva V.S., Matishov G.G., Titov V.V. 2018. The skull of young Mammuthus trogontherii (Pohlig, 1885) from the early Middle Pleistocene of the north-eastern Sea of Azov Region // Russian J. Theriol. Vol.17. No.2: 61–67 [in English].
Vera S. Baigusheva, Azov historical, archaeological and paleontological museum reserve, Moskovskaya str., 38/40, 346780, Azov, Russia; Gennadiy G. Matishov, Southern Scientific Centre RAS, Chekhov str., 41, 344006 Rostov-on-Don, Russia [email@example.com]; Vadim V. Titov, Southern Scientific Centre RAS, Chekhov str., 41, 344006 Rostov-on-Don, Russia [firstname.lastname@example.org]
ABSTRACT. Incomplete skull of a young elephant with dP4 and a fragmentary tusk were found in the alluvial deposits exposed in a sand pit near the settlement of Kagalnik. The age of the enclosing deposits correlates with the early Middle Pleistocene, the time range of the Tiraspol faunal complex of the Eastern Europe (= Cromerian), and the regional rodent biochron MQR 5. Two skeletons of Mammuthus trogontherii have been previously found in this area. The dental structure of the studied specimen evidences its attribution to M. trogontherii and demonstrate its difference from other taxa of mammuthoid elephants.
KEY WORDS. Mammuthus, dental morphology, variability, early Middle Pleistocene, Russia.