PaleoDB taxon number: 268373
Etymology: Duke in homenage to Duke University and Duke University paleontologists who, through years of field work (1985-1991) in the Upper Magdalena valley of Colombia, were able to make outstanding collections of fossil vertebrates from equatorial South America; cynus, dog, in reference to the Prothylacyninae, extinct doglike marsupials.
Full reference: F. J. Goin. 1997. New clues for understanding Neogene marsupial radiation. Vertebrate Paleontology in the Neotropics. The Miocene fauna of La Venta, Colombia 187-206
Subtaxa: Dukecynus magnus
Ecology: scansorial carnivore