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Mustela meltoni Bjork 1973 (weasel)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Mustelidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 48858

Full reference: P. R. Bjork. 1973. Additional Carnivores from the Rexroad Formation (Upper Pliocene) of Southwestern Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Sciences 76(1):24-38

Belongs to Mustela according to B. Kurten and E. Anderson 1980

Sister taxa: Mustela (Lutreola), Mustela (Putorius), Mustela altaica, Mustela buwaldi, Mustela erminea, Mustela eversmannii, Mustela frenata, Mustela furo, Mustela itatsi, Mustela jacksoni, Mustela nigripes, Mustela nivalis, Mustela nudipes, Mustela ogygia, Mustela palaeattica, Mustela palermina, Mustela praenivalis, Mustela putorius, Mustela rexroadensis, Mustela sibirica, Mustela spelaea, Mustela strigidorsa

Type specimen: UMMP V45457, a mandible (a left lower jaw). Its type locality is Wendell Fox Pasture, which is in a Blancan fluvial siltstone in the Rexroad Formation of Kansas.

Ecology: scansorial insectivore

Average measurements (in mm): m1 5.60 x 2.30