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Temporal range: Late Pleistocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family: Canidae
Genus: Protocyon
Giebel (1855)

Prototcyon is an extinct genus of small omnivorous canid endemic to South America during the middle to Late Pleistocene living from 1.2 Ma to 11,000 years ago and existed for approximately 1.189 million years. [1]


Protocyon was named by Giebel (1855) and was assigned to Canidae by Carroll (1988).[2]

Fossil distribution[edit]

The fossil remains are confined to South America with specimens uncovered from Chuquisaca, Bolivia as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina and two sites in Brazil.


  1. ^ Prototcyon: Basic info.
  2. ^ R. L. Carroll. 1988. Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W.H. Freeman and Company