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Taxidea taxus Schreber 1778 (American badger)

Osteichthyes - Carnivora - Mustelidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 52093

Alternative combination: Ursus taxus

Synonyms: Taxidea americana Gray 1865 (no. 52087), Taxidea robusta Hay 1921 (no. 52091), Taxidea sulcata Cope 1877 (no. 52092)

Belongs to Taxidea according to J. Marmi et al. 2004

Sister taxon: Taxidea mexicana

Subtaxa: Taxidea taxus marylandica

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Ecology: scansorial insectivore

Average measurements (in mm): P4 11.0 x 9.0, M1 12.0 x 10.0, m1 13.4 x 5.9, femur length 98.4, humerus length 94.3, radius length 74.4, skull 122.6 x 83.2, tibia length 78.5

Estimated body mass: 2.90 kg based on femur length, humerus length, and tibia length