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Re-evaluation of the very large Eomellivora fricki (Pia, 1939) (Carnivora, Mustelidae, Mellivorinae) from the Late Miocene of Austria

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Valenciano Vaquero, Alberto and Abella, Juan and Göhlich,, Ursula and Álvarez-Sierra, M. Ángeles and Morales, Jorge (2017) Re-evaluation of the very large Eomellivora fricki (Pia, 1939) (Carnivora, Mustelidae, Mellivorinae) from the Late Miocene of Austria. Palaeontologia Electronica, 20 (1) (17A). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1094-8074

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Abstract

We re-evaluated the Austrian material for Hadrictis fricki Pia, 1939, from the localities Wien XII-Altmannsdorf and Gaiselberg (MN9, Vallesian, Late Miocene), concluding that Hadrictis can be considered as a synonymy of Eomellivora Zdansky, 1924; we therefore named it as Eomellivora fricki. This species is one of the earliest representatives of the genus, together with E. piveteaui Ozansoy, 1965. Our phylogenetic analyses indicate that Eomellivora forms a monophyletic group, establishing the sister clade of the large and derived Late Miocene Ekorus ekakeran. Eomellivora fricki shows a primitive dental morphology and is the largest species of the genus. This species shows the complexity of the genus Eomellivora, in which large and small species coexisted since the beginning of the Late Miocene.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Eomellivora, Hadrictis, Mellivorinae, Mustelidae, Miocene
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Paleontology
ID Code:49852
Deposited On:02 Nov 2018 07:56
Last Modified:11 Dec 2018 08:41

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