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Article: A critical review of African species of Eucyon (Mammalia; Carnivora; Canidae), with a new species from the Pliocene of the Woranso-Mille Area, Afar Region, Ethiopia

Papers in Palaeontology - Vol. 1 Part 1 - Cover Image
Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 1
Part: 1
Publication Date: Febuary 2015
Page(s): 33 40
Author(s): Lars Werdelin, Margaret E. Lewis and Yohannes Haile-Selassie
DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1001
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WEREDELIN, L., LEWIS, M.E., HAILE-SELASSIE, Y. 2015. A critical review of African species of Eucyon (Mammalia; Carnivora; Canidae), with a new species from the Pliocene of the Woranso-Mille Area, Afar Region, Ethiopia. Papers in Palaeontology, 1, 1, 33–40.

Author Information

  • Lars Werdelin - Department of Palaeobiology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden (email: werdelin@nrm.se)
  • Margaret E. Lewis - Biology Program, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Galloway, NJ, USA (email: Margaret.Lewis@stockton.edu)
  • Yohannes Haile-Selassie - Department of Physical Anthropology, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH, USA (email: yhailese@cmnh.org)

Publication History

  • Issue published online: 16 FEB 2015
  • Article first published online: 7 OCT 2014
  • Manuscript Accepted: 29 MAY 2014
  • Manuscript Received: 27 APR 2014

Funded By

The National Science Foundation. Grant Numbers: BCS-0234320, BCS-0542037, and BCS-1124705
The Leakey Foundation
The National Geographic Society
The Wenner-Gren Foundation
The Swedish Research Council
LSB Leakey Foundation
Stockton Distinguished Faculty & CDC Fellowships

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Abstract

Eucyon is a paraphyletic genus of jackal-sized canids that predated the appearance of true Canis in North America, Eurasia and Africa. In this study, we describe a new species of Eucyon, E. kuta, from the Woranso-Mille Area, Afar Region, Ethiopia. The new species differs from all other described Eucyon in having the distal cusps of the p4 united into a crest. It may be the youngest Eucyon known from Africa and is larger than described Eucyon from that continent. Other described African Eucyon are briefly reviewed, and we suggest that some material may be referable to foxes (Vulpini), while other material may belong to the small bear-dog Bonisicyon illacabo (Amphicyonidae) or a closely related taxon.

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