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Temporal range: Early Pliocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Subfamily: Caninae
Genus: Nurocyon
Sotnikova, 2006
Species: N. chonokhariensis
Binomial name
Nurocyon chonokhariensis
Sotnikova, 2006

Nurocyon chonokhariensis (Chonokhariakh lake dog), the only species in the genus Nurocyon is an extinct member of the dog family (Canidae) from the Pliocene of Mongolia. The teeth of Nurocyon show adaptations to an omnivorous diet, comparable to the living raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides). The overall structure of the skull and dentition of Nurocyon are intermediate between the living genus Canis (dogs, wolves, and jackals) and the more primitive Eucyon.[1]


  1. ^ a b Sotnikova, M. (2006). "A new canid Nurocyon chonokhariensis gen. et sp. nov.(Canini, Canidae, Mammalia) from the Pliocene of Mongolia" (PDF). Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg. 256: 11. Retrieved 2008-05-04.