New Fossils of Mellivora benfieldi (Mammalia, Carnivora, Mustelidae) from Langebaanweg, ‘E’ Quarry (South Africa, Early Pliocene): Re-Evaluation of the African Neogene Mellivorines

  title={New Fossils of Mellivora benfieldi (Mammalia, Carnivora, Mustelidae) from Langebaanweg, ‘E’ Quarry (South Africa, Early Pliocene): Re-Evaluation of the African Neogene Mellivorines},
  author={Alberto Valenciano and Romala Govender},
  journal={Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology},
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 Pelletal Phosphorite Member (MPPM) and the Langeberg Quartz Sand Member (LQSM). Novel dentognathic—upper dentition, alveolus for m2—and postcranial—humerus, metacarpal V, femur and calcaneus—information is provided. This sample enables us to review the taxonomic status of Mio–Pliocene African… Expand
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