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Temporal range: Paleocene-Holocene
Order Carnivora.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
(unranked): Pegasoferae
(unranked): Zooamata
(unranked): Ferae
(unranked): Carnivoramorpha

Carnivoramorpha are a clade of mammals that includes the modern order Carnivora.

Classification and phylogeny[edit]

  • Carnivoramorpha
    • †Aelurotherium
    • †Eosictis
    • †Elmensius
    • †Intyrictis vanvaleni
    • †Notoamphicyon
    • †Ravenictis krausei or cimolestan
    • †Vishnucyon
      • †Miacoidea (paraphyletic)
        • †Viverravidae - Viverraroidea
        • †Miacidea (paraphyletic)
          • †Oodectes
            • †Vulpavus
              • †Miacis
                • †Tapocyon
                  • †Miacis sylvestris
                    • †Prohesperocyon wilsoni
                • †Quergygale angustidens
                • †Nimravidae? (very unstable position with respect to Carnivora - unresolved as of August 2007)
                • Carnivora


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