Teruelictis

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Teruelictis
Temporal range: Late Miocene (10 MYA)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Lutrinae?
Genus: Teruelictis
Salesa, 2013
Species: T. riparius
Binomial name
Teruelictis riparius
Salesa, 2013

Teruelictis riparius is an extinct mammalian carnivoran, belonging to the family Mustelidae and was probably related to otters. The animal lived in the Upper Miocene and it's fossils have been found in Spain. The animal was probably a terrestrial predator.

The animal is about 60 centimeters long and its dentition is very otter-like. However, the animal does not appear to have been semi-aquatic. It's skeleton was slender and long-legged, unlike that of otters. These conflicting features suggest that the evolutionairy line of otters originated in the Miocene (or even the lower Oligocene) and that the dental morphology of otters developed before the other characteristics of the skeleton did. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salesa (2014). "A non-aquatic otter from the Late Miocene". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 169 (2): 448–482. doi:10.1111/zoj.12063.