Lycaon sekowei

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Lycaon sekowei
Temporal range: PliocenePleistocene
An assortment of fossilized bones on display.
Fossil of Lycaon sekowei, a possible ancestor of the African wild dog
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family: Canidae
Genus: Lycaon
Species: L. sekowei
Binomial name
Lycaon sekowei
Hartstone-Rose et al., 2010

Lycaon sekowei is an extinct canid species from southern Africa that lived during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs.[1] Like L. pictus, the other species in the genus that is alive today, L. sekowei was a hypercarnivore; however, its front paws were not as specialized for running.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hartstone-Rose, A.; Werdelin, L.; De Ruiter, D. J.; Berger, L. R.; Churchill, S. E. (2010). "The Plio-Pleistocene Ancestor of Wild Dogs, Lycaon sekowei n. sp". Journal of Paleontology. 84 (2): 299–308. doi:10.1666/09-124.1.