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A new species of fox from the Australopithecus sediba type locality, Malapa, South Africa
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9586-4017
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2013 (English)In: Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, ISSN 0035-919X, E-ISSN 2154-0098, Vol. 68, 1-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The 1.977 Ma site of ‘Malapa’ (Gauteng, South Africa) has yielded important new fossils, including the type specimens of the new hominin species Australopithecus sediba. Recently, we reported the first Carnivora specimens to have been recovered from the site. That sample included members of Felidae, Herpestidae and Hyaenidae. That first report also included three associated small canid specimens (an M2, a rib and a posterior mandibular fragment including the P4, M1, coronoid, condylar and angular processes) that we attributed to Vulpes cf. V. chama. In this paper, we compare these specimens to a broad sample of modern and fossil foxes and conclude that these specimens are distinct enough to be referred to a new species, here described and named Vulpes skinneri.

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2013. Vol. 68, 1-9 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nrm:diva-74DOI: 10.1080/0035919X.2012.748698OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nrm-74DiVA: diva2:692147
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Available from: 2014-01-30 Created: 2014-01-30 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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