Cynarctoides luskensis

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Cynarctoides luskensis
Temporal range: Late Oligocene–Miocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Subfamily: Borophaginae
Tribe: Phlaocyonini
Genus: Cynarctoides
Species: Cynarctoides luskensis
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Range of Cynarctoides luskensis based on fossil record

Cynarctoides luskensis is an extinct species of Cynarctoides, belonging to the subfamily Borophaginae and tribe Phlaocyonini, a canid endemic to west central North America from the Late Oligocene to Miocene epoch living 24.8—20.6 Ma and existed for approximately 4.2 million years.

Taxonomy[edit]

Cynarctoides luskensis was named by Xiaoming Wang, Richard H. Tedford, et al. (1999). Its type locality is Eighteen Mile District, which is in a Harrisonian terrestrial horizon in Wyoming.[1]

Morphology[edit]

Body mass[edit]

Two specimens were examined by Legendre and Roth for body mass.[2]

  • Specimen 1 was estimated to weigh 0.971 kg (2.1 lb).
  • Specimen 2 was estimated to weigh 1.03 kg (2.3 lb).

Fossil distribution[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phylogentic Systematic of the Borophanginae, X. Wang, 1999 Archived March 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ S. Legendre and C. Roth. 1988. Correlation of carnassial tooth size and body weight in recent carnivores (Mammalia). Historical Biology
  • Martin, L.D. 1989. Fossil history of the terrestrial carnivora. Pages 536 - 568 in J.L. Gittleman, editor. Carnivore Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution, Vol. 1. Comstock Publishing Associates: Ithaca.
  • - PaleoDataBase - Cynarctoides luskensis