Nyctereutes Temminck, 1838 (Mammalia, Canidae): a revision of the genus across the Old World during Plio-Pleistocene times


Saverio Bartolini Lucenti

Dottorato di Ricerca in Scienze della Terra, Università di Pisa, Via S. Maria 53, 56126 Pisa, Italy;;
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Firenze 50121, Italy.


How to cite: Bartolini Lucenti (2018). Nyctereutes Temminck, 1838 (Mammalia, Canidae): a revision of the genus across the Old World during Plio-Pleistocene times. Fossilia, Volume 2018: 7-10.

Bullet-Points Abstract

  • Although Nyctereutes is nowadays monospecific, the fossil record suggests a larger diversity and wider distribution.
  • The study of large sample from numerous sites of the Old World allowed a critical revision at an intercontinental scale.
  • Some specimens of Layna and the sample from Çalta reveal peculiar morphologies, contrasting with the attribution to N. donnezani.
  • The peculiarities of two samples testify to the urge for new research on fossil Nyctereutes.

Keywords: Raccoon-dogs; State of art; Pliocene; Biogeography; Canidae.


Fig. 1. Geographic and temporal distribution of Nyctereutes spp. from the earliest Early Pliocene to present times across the Old World. A, earliest Early Pliocene, 5.3-4.5 Ma. B, Early-Late Pliocene, 4.5-3.5 Ma. C, Latest Pliocene-Early Pleistocene (partim), 3.5-1.5 Ma. D, Middle Pleistocene-Present times, 800-0 ka.


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