Journal of the Geological Society of India

, Volume 88, Issue 5, pp 559–568 | Cite as

Discovery of Elephas cf. namadicus from the late Pleistocene strata of Marginal Ganga Plain

  • Rupa Ghosh
  • R. K. Sehgal
  • Pradeep SrivastavaEmail author
  • U. K. Shukla
  • A. C. Nanda
  • D. S. Singh
Research Articles


We describe an elephant skull recovered from a cliff section of Dhasan river of Marginal Ganga Plain. The dental morphology and cranial features of the skull have been compared with the known species of Elephas from the Indian subcontinent. Although it shows very near resemblance to Elephas namadicus, but being an isolated specimen its specific identity cannot be proclaimed with certainty. As such, the specimen is provisionally referred as E. cf. namadicus. The Optically Stimulated Luminescence ages place this find at ~56 ka BP. This is the first chronologically well constrained report of E. cf. namadicus from the Ganga Plain.


E. cf. namadicus Optically Stimulated Luminescence dating Dhasan river Southern Ganga plain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rupa Ghosh
    • 1
  • R. K. Sehgal
    • 1
  • Pradeep Srivastava
    • 1
    Email author
  • U. K. Shukla
    • 2
  • A. C. Nanda
    • 1
  • D. S. Singh
    • 3
  1. 1.Wadia Institute of Himalayan GeologyDehradunIndia
  2. 2.Department of GeologyBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia
  3. 3.Centre of Advanced Study in GeologyUniversity of LucknowLucknowIndia

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