Skeleton of Extinct North American Sea Mink (Mustela macrodon)

  title={Skeleton of Extinct North American Sea Mink (Mustela macrodon)},
  author={Jim I. Mead and Arthur E. Spiess and Kristin D. Sobolik},
  journal={Quaternary Research},
  pages={247 - 262}
Abstract Mustela macrodon (extinct sea mink) is known only from prehistoric and historic Native American shell middens dating less than 5100 years old along coastal islands of the Gulf of Maine, northeastern North America. The species is distinct from all known extant subspecies of M. vison (American mink) but still belongs to the North American subgenus Vison. Metric comparisons between M. macrodon and five subspecies of M. vison, using skull, mandible, humerus, radius, femur, and tibia… 

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It is shown in the comment that the large and small individuals in the archaeological samples represent males and females of the phenon macrodon and that they are not the result of the mixing of mainland and island populations, which means “body” size for this population is larger than modern subspecies but there is considerable overlap between the fossil and modern populations.

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