The Plio-Pleistocene Ancestor of Wild Dogs, Lycaon sekowei n. sp

  title={The Plio-Pleistocene Ancestor of Wild Dogs, Lycaon sekowei n. sp},
  author={A. Hartstone-Rose and L. Werdelin and D. D. de Ruiter and L. Berger and S. Churchill},
Abstract African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) occupy an ecological niche characterized by hypercarnivory and cursorial hunting. Previous interpretations drawn from a limited, mostly Eurasian fossil record suggest that the evolutionary shift to cursorial hunting preceded the emergence of hypercarnivory in the Lycaon lineage. Here we describe 1.9–1.0 ma fossils from two South African sites representing a putative ancestor of the wild dog. The holotype is a nearly complete maxilla from Coopers Cave… Expand
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