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Temporal range: Rupelian- Aquitanian 30.8–20.6 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Neocynodesmus
Macdonald (1963)
  • N. delicatus

Neocynodesmus is an extinct genus of terrestrial carnivore within the family Canidae which inhabited North America from the Oligocene to Early Miocene 30.8—-20.6 Mya existing for approximately 10.2 million years.[1]


Neocynodesmus was named by Macdonald (1963). It was assigned to Canidae by Macdonald (1963) and Carroll (1988).[2][3]


  1. ^ PaleoBiology Database: Neocynodesmus Taxonomy, Species
  2. ^ J. R. Macdonald. 1963. The Miocene faunas from the Wounded Knee area of western South Dakota. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 125(3):139-238
  3. ^ R. L. Carroll. 1988. Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W. H. Freeman and Company, New York 1-698