Temporal range: Late Miocene to Early Pliocene, 10.9–5.8 Ma
Miller and Carranza-Castaneda 1998
Canis ferox (Latin: canis: dog, ferox: fierce; hence fierce dog) is a species of canidae which was endemic to North America and lived from the Late Hemphillian stage (10.9 Mya) of the Miocene through the Pliocene epoch (5.8 Mya). Canis ferox existed for approximately .
The first fossil record was found in Rancho Viejo, central Mexico. A specimen was estimated by Legendre and Roth to weigh 14.3 kg (31.5 lbs) and another specimen was estimated to weigh 13.3 kg (29.3 lbs).
- PaleoBiology Database: Canis ferox, age range and collections
- S. Legendre and C. Roth. 1988. Correlation of carnassial tooth size and body weight in recent carnivores (Mammalia). Historical Biology 1(1):85-98
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