Prothylacinus

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Prothylacinus
Temporal range: Early Miocene
(Santacrucian-Friasian)
~16.0–15.5 Ma
Prothylacinus.jpg
Life restoration of P. patagonicus and Interatherium robustum
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Prothylacinus

Type species
Prothylacinus patagonicus
Species
  • P. patagonicus Ameghino 1891
Synonyms
  • Napodonictis Ameghino 1894
  • Prothylacocyon Winge 1923

Prothylacinus is an extinct genus of South American metatherian, that lived during the Early Miocene.[1]

Distribution[edit]

Fossils of Prothylacinus have been found in the Friasian Río Frias Formation of Chile and the Santacrucian Santa Cruz Formation of Argentina.[2]

Restored skeleton

References[edit]

  1. ^ Argot, C. (2003). "Functional adaptations of the postcranial skeleton of two Miocene borhyaenoids (Mammalia, Metatheria), Borhyaena and Prothylacinus, from South America". Palaeontology. 46 (6): 1213–1267. doi:10.1046/j.0031-0239.2003.00339.x.
  2. ^ Prothylacinus at Fossilworks.org