Project 2259: A. Valenciano, J. Abella, O. Sanisidro, A. Hartstone-Rose, M. Á. Álvarez-Sierra, J. Morales. 2015. Complete Description of the Skull and Mandible of the Giant Mustelid Eomellivora piveteaui Ozansoy, 1965 (Mammalia, Carnivora, Mustelidae), from Batallones (Mn10), Late Miocene (Madrid, Spain). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 35 (4):e934570.
Specimen: † Eomellivora piveteaui (BAT/B413.185)
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Abstract

We describe cranial, mandibular, and dental remains of five individuals of the giant mustelid Eomellivora piveteaui Ozansoy, 1965, from the late Miocene (MN10) site of Cerro de los Batallones (Madrid, Spain)—the first complete cranial remains recorded for this species and the most complete remains of the genus. This new sample enables a review of the systematic status of Eomellivora, leading us to accept as valid the species E. piveteaui Ozansoy, 1965, E. wimani Zdansky, 1924, E. ursogulo (Orlov, 1948), and E. hungarica Kretzoi, 1942. Our phylogenetic hypothesis indicates that Eomellivora is the sister taxon of the extant Mellivora capensis and E. piveteaui had a common ancestor within the crown group E. wimani—E. ursogulo. Eomellivora piveteaui was specialized for a more hypercarnivorous diet than the largest extant terrestrial mustelids, although it also had some derived bone-crushing adaptations. Eomellivora piveteaui had an active predatory role in the late Miocene carnivore faunas, exploiting both small and relatively large prey.


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Article DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2014.934570

Project DOI: 10.7934/P2259, http://dx.doi.org/10.7934/P2259
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    • Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    • University of South Carolina

    • Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales de Madrid (CSIC)

    • Instituto de Geociencias (CSIC-UCM)



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