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Mustela meltoni

Mammalia - Carnivora - Mustelidae

Taxonomy
Mustela meltoni was named by Bjork (1973). Its type specimen is UMMP V45457, a mandible (a left lower jaw), and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Wendell Fox Pasture, which is in a Blancan fluvial siltstone in the Rexroad Formation of Kansas.

Sister species lacking formal opinion data

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Synonymy list
YearName and author
1973Mustela meltoni Bjork p. 30 fig. 2d
1980Mustela meltoni Kurten and Anderson p. 151

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Synapsida()
Therapsida()
infraorderCynodontia()
RankNameAuthor
Epicynodontia
infraorderEucynodontia
Probainognathia
Mammaliamorpha
Mammaliaformes
classMammalia
subclassTribosphenida()
infraclassEutheria()
Placentalia
Laurasiatheria
Scrotifera
Ferae()
CarnivoramorphaWyss and Flynn 1993
CarnivoraformesFlynn et al.
orderCarnivoraBowditch 1821
suborderCaniformiaKretzoi 1943
familyMustelidaeFischer 1817
subfamilyMustelinaeFischer 1817
genusMustela
speciesmeltoni

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
ReferenceDiagnosis
P. R. Bjork 1973a heavy jawed, mink-like mustelid with a metaconid crest on M1. Premolar series crowded and well developed posterior cingula on P3 and P4. M2 very much reduced.