(Flat spear tusk).
Named By: Borissiak - 1928.
Synonyms: Amebelodon loomisi, Torynobelodon barnumbrowni, Torynobelodon loomisi.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Proboscidea, Gomphotheriidae.
Species: P. danovi (type), P. grangeri, P. loomisi, P. barnumbrowni.
Size: About 3 meters long.
Known locations: Africa, Eurasia and North America.
Time period: Langhian of the Miocene through to the early Zanclean of the Pliocene.
Fossil representation: Several individuals.
A relative to other gomphothere elephants like Gomphotherium and Ambelodon, Platybelodon also had a pair of forward facing tusks in the lower jaw that were shaped into a form of shovel-like structure. Like with its relatives, it is believed that Platybelodon used these tusks as feeding aids for uprooting plants and stripping bark.
- The feeding habits of the shovel-tusked gomphotheres (Mammalia, Proboscidea, Gomphotheriidae): Evidence from tusk wear patterns, W. D. Lambert - 1992.
- The gomphotheriid mammal Platybelodon from the Middle Miocene of Linxia Basin, Gansu, China. - Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 58 (2) p221-240. - Shiqi Wang, Wen He & Shanqin Chen - 2013.
- Paleobiological implications of new material of Platybelodon danovi from the Dingjiaergou Fauna, western China - ShiQi Wang & Jie Ye - 2014.