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Temporal range: Early Miocene–Middle Miocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Subfamily: Borophaginae
Tribe: Borophagini
Subtribe: Cynarctina
Genus: Paracynarctus
Wang et al., 1999
Type species
Paracynarctus sinclairi
  • P. kelloggi, Merriam 1911
  • P. sinclairi, Wang et al. 1999

Paracynarctus is an extinct genus of the Borophaginae subfamily of canids native to North America. It lived from the Early Miocene to Middle Miocene 16.0—13.6 Ma, existing for approximately 2.4 million years.[1] It was likely an omnivore, and lacked the bone-cracking adaptations found in some later borophagines.[2]

P. kelloggi was originally found Virgin Valley, Nevada in a Barstovian terrestrial horizon.[1]


  1. ^ a b PaleoBiology Database: Paracynarctus Taxonomy, Species
  2. ^ Wang, Xiaoming; Tedford, Richard H. (2008). Dogs, Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History. Columbia. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-231-13528-3.