Australogale leptognathus, gen. et sp. nov., a Second Species of Small Sparassodont (Mammalia: Metatheria) from the Middle Miocene Locality of Quebrada Honda, Bolivia

  title={Australogale leptognathus, gen. et sp. nov., a Second Species of Small Sparassodont (Mammalia: Metatheria) from the Middle Miocene Locality of Quebrada Honda, Bolivia},
  author={Russell K. Engelman and Federico Anaya and Darin A. Croft},
  journal={Journal of Mammalian Evolution},
The Sparassodonta (Mammalia: Metatheria) were the principal group of carnivorous mammals in Cenozoic South America and an important component of this continent’s terrestrial predator guild for nearly 60 million years. However, knowledge of the evolutionary history of this group is biased towards species larger than 1.5 kg from extra-tropical latitudes. Here, we describe a new, small sparassodont from the late middle Miocene (Serravallian) of Quebrada Honda, Bolivia, a locality in the middle… 

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