Hemicyonidae

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Hemicyonidae
Temporal range: Oligocene to Miocene
33.9–5.3Ma
Hemicyon sansaniensis.JPG
Hemicyon sansaniensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Superfamily: Ursoidea
Family: Hemicyonidae
Genera

Hemicyonidae, or Hemicyoninae, is an extinct group of so-called "dog-bears", literally "Half Dog" (Greek: ἡμικυων "hemi-kuôn"), bear-like carnivoran living in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia during the Oligocene through Miocene epochs 33.9–5.3 Ma, existing for approximately 28.6 million years. They are classified by different authors either as a separate family[3] or as a subfamily of bears.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b L. de Bonis (2011). "A new species of Adelpharctos (Mammalia, Carnivora, Ursidae) from the late Oligocene of the "Phosphorites du Quercy" (France)". Estudios Geológicos 67 (2): 179–186. doi:10.3989/egeol.40553.181. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Louis De Bonis (2013). "Ursidae (Mammalia, Carnivora) from the Late Oligocene of the “Phosphorites du Quercy” (France) and a reappraisal of the genus Cephalogale Geoffroy, 1862". Geodiversitas 35 (4): 787–814. doi:10.5252/g2013n4a4. 
  3. ^ McKenna, Malcolm C., and Bell, Susan K. 1997. Classification of Mammals Above the Species Level. Columbia University Press, New York, 631 pp. ISBN 0-231-11013-8