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Carnivora from the Kanapoi hominin site, northern Kenya
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9586-4017
2012 (English)In: Journal of African Earth Sciences, ISSN 0899-5362, Vol. 64, 1-8 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The assemblage from Kanapoi represents the most diverse early Pliocene carnivore assemblage from sub- Saharan Africa. Carnivora from Kanapoi were originally described by Werdelin (2003a), but continuing field work has brought to light significant new material from the site, shedding new light on the earliest post-Miocene radiation of Carnivora in Africa. Most importantly, a second species of Enhydriodon has been recovered from the site, including the first specimen to include a large part of the neurocranium. This makes Kanapoi the first site to include two species of this genus. This addition to the fauna will be of prime significance to understanding the ecology and evolutionary radiation of these giant, extinct otters. Other significant new finds include additional material of a wildcat-sized felid. Finds of this group are rare, and the new Kanapoi material adds significantly to our knowledge of the stem lineage of the genus Felis, which is widespread in Africa today.

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2012. Vol. 64, 1-8 p.
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Africa Pliocene Kanapoi Carnivora Enhydriodon Felis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nrm:diva-78DOI: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2011.11.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nrm-78DiVA: diva2:692238
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-01-30 Created: 2014-01-30 Last updated: 2014-05-02Bibliographically approved

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