Aelurodon ferox Leidy 1858 (bone-crushing dog)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Canidae

Synonyms: Aelurodon marshi Thorpe 1922, Aelurodon platyrhinus Barbour and Cook 1917, Tephrocyon marshi Thorpe 1922

Full reference: J. Leidy. 1858. Notice of Remains of Extinct Vertebrata, from the Valley of the Niobrara River, Collected during the Exploring Expedition of 1857, in Nebraska, under the Command of Lieut. G. K. Warren, U. S. Top. Eng., by Dr. F. V. Hayden, Geologist to the Expedition. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 10:15-89

Belongs to Aelurodon according to X. Wang et al. 2004

See also Barbour and Cook 1917, Baskin 1980, Cope 1881, Hay 1902, Leidy 1858, Macdonald 1960, Matthew and Gidley 1904, Matthew and Stirton 1930, McGrew 1944, Scott and Osborn 1890, Thorpe 1922, VanderHoof and Gregory 1940, Voorhies 1990 and Wang et al. 1999

Sister taxa: Aelurodon asthenostylus, Aelurodon mcgrewi, Aelurodon montanensis, Aelurodon stirtoni, Aelurodon taxoides, Aelurodon wheelerianus

Type specimens:

  • Aelurodon ferox: Its type locality is Niobrara River (coll. Hayden 1857), which is in a Miocene terrestrial horizon in the Loop Fork Formation of Nebraska.
  • Aelurodon platyrhinus: UNSM 78-11-8-15, a skull.
  • Tephrocyon marshi: Its type locality is Mouth of Minnechaduza Creek, which is in a Miocene terrestrial horizon in Nebraska.

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore-omnivore


• Miocene of United States (52: Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas collections)

Total: 52 collections each including a single occurrence

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