A new carnivoraform from the early Oligocene of Libya: Oldest known record of Carnivoramorpha in Africa

  title={A new carnivoraform from the early Oligocene of Libya: Oldest known record of Carnivoramorpha in Africa},
  author={Spencer G. Mattingly and K. Christopher Beard and P. M. C. Coster and Mustafa J. Salem and Yaowalak Chaimanee and Jean-Jacques Jaeger},
  journal={Journal of African Earth Sciences},
Abstract Carnivoraformes is a clade comprised of members of the Carnivora, as well as the paraphyletic assemblage of stem taxa previously united under the “Miacidae”. Here we describe the earliest known African occurrence of a carnivoraform from the early Oligocene Zallah Incision locality in the Sirt Basin of central Libya. The new taxon is represented by three teeth (m1, P4, and dP3), all of which are carnassial loci diagnostic of the Carnivoraformes. Despite its meager anatomical… Expand
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