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1 November 2002 NEW VIVERRAVIDS FROM THE TORREJONIAN (MIDDLE PALEOCENE) OF KUTZ CANYON, NEW MEXICO AND THE OLDEST SKULL OF THE ORDER CARNIVORA
T. J. MEEHAN, ROBERT W. WILSON
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Abstract

Three new species of Viverravidae (Carnivora: Miacoidea) are described: Protictis simpsoni, P. minor, and Bryanictis paulus. Holotypes and referred specimens are from the Angel Peak area, Kutz Canyon, San Juan Basin, New Mexico and are of middle Torrejonian age (middle Paleocene). The holotype of Protictis simpsoni includes a skull—the oldest known skull of the Order Carnivora. The locality is narrowly restricted stratigraphically and geographically, and specimens are better preserved than most other viverravid specimens of San Juan Basin strata.

T. J. MEEHAN and ROBERT W. WILSON "NEW VIVERRAVIDS FROM THE TORREJONIAN (MIDDLE PALEOCENE) OF KUTZ CANYON, NEW MEXICO AND THE OLDEST SKULL OF THE ORDER CARNIVORA," Journal of Paleontology 76(6), 1091-1101, (1 November 2002). https://doi.org/10.1666/0022-3360(2002)076<1091:NVFTTM>2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 1 March 2002; Published: 1 November 2002
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