Dormaalocyon

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{{Taxobox | name = Dormaalocyon

| fossil_range = Early Eocene

| image = | regnum = Animalia | phylum = Chordata | subphylum = [[Vertebrate | classis = Mammalia | unranked_ordo = Carnivoramorpha | superfamilia = †Miacoidea | genus = †Dormaalocyon | genus_authority = Solé et al 2014 | type_species = Dormaalocyon latouri | type_species_authority = (Quinet, 1966) | synonyms = Miacis latouri }}

Dormaalocyon latouri (previously known as 'Miacis' latouri), was a species of carnivorous mammal that was active over fifty-six million years ago. This species is one of the oldest carnivorous mammals that can be traced all the way to present day Carnivora.[1][2][3]

The species was discovered when fossils were unearthed in the village of Dormaal, near Zoutleeuw, in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant.[3] The discovery was first published in January 2014 in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Pappas, Stephanie. "Tiny ancestor of lions and tigers and bears discovered (Oh my!)". NBC News. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  2. ^ Solé, Floréal; Smith, Richard; et al. (17 July 2012). "Dental and tarsal anatomy of 'Miacis' latouri and a phylogenetic analysis of the earliest carnivoraforms (Mammalia, Carnivoramorpha)". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (published 22 March 2013). 34 (1): 1–21. doi:10.1080/02724634.2013.793195. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Ancient carnivore ancestor a tiny woodland mammal". CBC. Retrieved 8 January 2014.


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