Borhyaena

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Borhyaena
Temporal range: Early Miocene
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Borhyaena tuberata.JPG
B. tuberata skull
Conservation status
Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Metatheria
Order: Sparassodonta
Family: Borhyaenidae
Genus: Borhyaena
Ameghino, 1887
Species
  • B. tuberata
  • B. macrodonta

Borhyaena is an extinct genus of South American metatherian, living between 20 and 15 million years ago. Borhyaena was a large, bear-like marsupial predator of up to 1.5 metres (5 ft) long and with an estimated average weight of 100 kilograms (220 lb). A typical borhyaenid, it had flat feet and a heavy build. Borhyaena probably hunted from an ambush as its short legs would not have allowed it to run very fast.[2]


Restoration of Theosodon garretorum and Borhyaena tuberata


References[edit]

  1. ^ Marshall, Larry G. (1978). Evolution of the Borhyaenidae, extinct South American predaceous marsupials 117. University of California Press. pp. 1–89. 
  2. ^ Palmer, D., ed. (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 203. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.