Phylogenetic Systematics of the North American Fossil Caninae (Carnivora: Canidae)

  title={Phylogenetic Systematics of the North American Fossil Caninae (Carnivora: Canidae)},
  author={R. Tedford and X. Wang and Beryl E. Taylor},
  • R. Tedford, X. Wang, Beryl E. Taylor
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • Abstract The canid subfamily Caninae includes all the living canids and their most recent fossil relatives. Their sister taxon is the Borophaginae with which they share an important modification of the lower carnassial, namely the presence of a bicuspid talonid, which gives this tooth an additional function in mastication. Contributing to this function is the enlargement of the posterolingual cingulum of M1 and development of a hypocone. The Caninae diverged from the Borophaginae in the… CONTINUE READING
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