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Kretzoiarctos gen. nov., the Oldest Member of the Giant Panda Clade
A new ailuropodine genus is described, Kretzoiarctos gen. nov., based on remains from two Middle Miocene Spanish localities, which can be considered the oldest recorded member of the giant panda lineage, which has significant implications for understanding the origins of this clade from a paleobiogeographic viewpoint.
Complete Description of the Skull and Mandible of the Giant Mustelid Eomellivora piveteaui Ozansoy, 1965 (Mammalia, Carnivora, Mustelidae), from Batallones (Mn10), Late Miocene (Madrid, Spain)
ABSTRACT We describe cranial, mandibular, and dental remains of five individuals of the giant mustelid Eomellivora piveteaui Ozansoy, 1965, from the late Miocene (MN10) site of Cerro de los
The fossil record of the Neogene Carnivore Mammals from Spain
Carnivore mammals (Carnivora, Mammalia) constitute a significant component of the Spanish Neogene faunas, not so much due to their fossil abundance, which is generally low, but rather because of
New Early Miocene Material of Iberictis, the Oldest Member of the Wolverine Lineage (Carnivora, Mustelidae, Guloninae)
We describe new dental remains of the genus Iberictis (Carnivora: Mustelidae) from the late early Miocene of the Iberian Peninsula. The new fossils of Iberictis azanzae from Artesilla (16.5–16.3 Ma,
Tracing the origin of the panda’s thumb
In the two extant pandas, the false thumb should not be interpreted as an anatomical convergence, but as an exaptive convergence regarding its use during the bamboo feeding, which changes the evolutionary view of this singular structure.
A new hypercarnivorous mustelid (Mammalia, Carnivora, Mustelidae) from Batallones, late Miocene (MN10), Torrejón de Velasco, Madrid, Spain
ABSTRACT We describe dentognathic remains of four individuals of the poorly known mustelid Circamustela Petter, 1967 from the late Miocene sites of Batallones-3 and 5 (MN10, Torrejon de Velasco,
Megalictis, the Bone-Crushing Giant Mustelid (Carnivora, Mustelidae, Oligobuninae) from the Early Miocene of North America
The phylogenetic hypothesis indicates that Ar4 specimens assigned to M. ferox constitute a monophyletic group and the results indicate that the Oligobuninae form the sister clade to the crown extant mustelids.
Feeding ecology and habitat preferences of top predators from two Miocene carnivore-rich assemblages
Analysis of time-successive, late Miocene carnivoran populations from two fossil sites from central Spain demonstrates the insights that stable isotopes can provide in characterizing the feeding ecology and trophic interactions of ancient carnivoran taxa.
On the Socio-Sexual Behaviour of the Extinct Ursid Indarctos arctoides: An Approach Based on Its Baculum Size and Morphology
It is suggested that I. arctoides could have had prolonged periods of intromission and/or maintenance ofintromission during the post-ejaculatory intervals, a multi-male mating system and large home range sizes and/ or lower population density.
New Fossils of Mellivora benfieldi (Mammalia, Carnivora, Mustelidae) from Langebaanweg, ‘E’ Quarry (South Africa, Early Pliocene): Re-Evaluation of the African Neogene Mellivorines
ABSTRACT We describe abundant new remains of the medium-sized mustelid Mellivora benfieldi from the early Pliocene site of Langebaanweg (South Africa). The specimens are from the Muishond Fontein