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Daphoenus vetus Leidy 1853 (bear-dog)

Osteichthyes - Carnivora - Amphicyonidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 45553

Alternative combination: Amphicyon vetus

Synonym: Proamphicyon nebrascensis Hatcher 1902 (taxon 50671)

Full reference: J. Leidy. 1853. [On leave granted, Dr. Leidy made the following coinmnunication]. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 6:392-394

Belongs to Daphoenus according to R. M. Hunt 1998

Sister taxa: Canis lippincottianus, Daphoenus demilo, Daphoenus felinus, Daphoenus hartshornianus, Daphoenus lambei, Daphoenus ruber, Daphoenus socialis, Daphoenus transversus

Type specimens:

  • Daphoenus vetus: USNM 658-659
  • Proamphicyon nebrascensis: CM 491, a skull. Its type locality is Cedar Creek (Hat Creek Basin), which is in an Orellan terrestrial horizon in the Brule Formation of Nebraska.

Ecology: scansorial insectivore

Average measurements (in mm): m1 15.8 x 7.4