LEPTARCTUS IS a poorly known fossil carnivore that ranges through the Miocene of North America and Inner Mongolia, China (Lim, 1996; Zhai, 1964). Though it has been one of the least studied carnivores, more than 20 localities in North America have produced Leptarctus (Lim, 1999). The characters diagnosing Leptarctus as a mustelid include absence of M2, absence of a notch between the blades of the upper carnassial, and a reduced dentition with loss of P1 and p1. Though Leptarctus is a mustelid, the teeth bear many similarities to those of procyonids, Procyon lotor and Nasua...
A NEW SPECIES OF LEPTARCTUS (CARNIVORA, MUSTELIDAE) FROM THE LATE MIOCENE OF TEXAS
JONG-DEOCK LIM, LARRY D. MARTIN, ROBERT W. WILSON; A NEW SPECIES OF LEPTARCTUS (CARNIVORA, MUSTELIDAE) FROM THE LATE MIOCENE OF TEXAS. Journal of Paleontology ; 75 (5): 1043–1046. doi: https://doi.org/10.1666/0022-3360(2001)075<1043:ANSOLC>2.0.CO;2
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