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New early carnivoran specimens from the Puercan (Earliest Paleocene) of Saskatchewan, Canada

  • Richard C. Fox (a1), Craig S. Scott (a2) and Brian D. Rankin (a3)

New specimens of an as yet unidentified carnivoran from the earliest Paleocene of Saskatchewan are described. The new specimens augment the evidence on which the contentious earliest (middle Puercan) occurrence of Carnivora is based, provide novel information of the lower dentition of the earliest carnivorans, and provides evidence for the earliest taxonomic diversity in Carnivora.

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R. C. Fox and G. P. Youzwyshyn 1994. New primitive carnivorans (Mammalia) from the Paleocene of western Canada, and their bearing on relationships of the order. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 14:382404.

M. C. McKenna 1975. Toward a phylogenetic classification of the Mammalia, p. 2146. In W. P. Luckett and F. S. Szalay (eds.), Phylogeny of the Primates, A Multidisciplinary Study. Plenum Press, New York.

T. J. Meehan and R. W. Wilson 2002. New viverravids from the Torrejonian (middle Paleocene) of Kutz Canyon, New Mexico and the oldest skull of the Order Carnivora. Journal of Paleontology, 76:10911101.

G. G. Simpson 1935. New Paleocene mammals from the Fort Union of Montana. Proceedings of the U. S. National Museum, 83:221244.

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Journal of Paleontology
  • ISSN: 0022-3360
  • EISSN: 1937-2337
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