Brachypsalis

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Brachypsalis
Temporal range: Miocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Oligobuninae
Genus: Brachypsalis
Species: B. hyaenoides
B. matutinus
B. modicus
B. obliquidens
B. pachycephalus

Brachypsalis is an extinct genus of mustelids, which existed during the Miocene period.

The genus was first described by E. D. Cope in 1890. A similar genus, Brachypsaloides, was later identified as synonymous with Brachypsalis. Cope assigned the genus to the family Mustelidae, whilst J. A. Baskin assigned it to the subfamily Oligobuninae in 1998.[1]

Five species have been identified in the genus: B. hyaenoides, B. matutinus, B. modicus, B. obliquidens, and B. pachycephalus.[1] A sixth species, B. simplicidens, was later determined to be synonymous with Megalictis ferox.

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  1. ^ a b Paleobiology Database

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