Tomarctus hippophaga Matthew and Cook 1909 (bone-crushing dog)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Canidae

Alternative combination: Tephrocyon hippophagus

Full reference: W. D. Matthew and H. J. Cook. 1909. A Pliocene fauna from western Nebraska. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 26(27):361-414

Belongs to Tomarctus according to X. Wang et al. 1999

See also Matthew 1924, Matthew and Cook 1909, Olsen 1956, Skinner et al. 1977 and VanderHoof and Gregory 1940

Sister taxon: Tomarctus brevirostris

Type specimen: AMNH 13836, a mandible. Its type locality is Trojan Quarry, which is in a Hemingfordian terrestrial horizon in the Olcott Formation of Nebraska.

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore-omnivore


• Miocene of Canada (11: Saskatchewan collections), United States (24: California, Nebraska, New Mexico)

Total: 35 collections each including a single occurrence

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