A new species of Cernictis (Mammalia, Carnivora, Mustelidae) from the Late Miocene Bidahochi Formation of Arizona, USA
Cernictis repenningi is a new species of mustelid carnivore from the middle Hemphillian (late Miocene) Bidahochi Formation of northeastern Arizona. Cernictis is a late Miocene immigrant from the Old World, where it apparently is represented by undescribed material from China. The upper dentition of this material indicates that Cernictis is a primitive member of the tribe Galictini, which includes one or two extant Neotropical genera, five extinct New World genera, and three or four extinct Old World genera.
KEY WORDS: Bidahochi Formation; Hemphillian; Mustelidae; Cernictis; new species
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Copyright: Society of
Vertebrate Paleontology November 2011
Submission: 15 June 2007. Acceptance: 13 February 2011