Lycopsis

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Lycopsis
Temporal range: Middle Miocene
Fossil of L. longirostris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Metatheria
Order: Sparassodonta
Family: Borhyaenidae
Genus: Lycopsis
[Cabrera, 1927
Species
  • L. torresi Cabrera, 1927 (type species)
  • L. longirostrus Marshall, 1976c
  • L viverensis Forasiepi et al., 2003

Lycopsis is an extinct genus of South American metatherian. It lived during the Miocene of what is now Colombia.[1]

Lycopsis was more likely an ambush hunter than a pounce-pursuit predator, stalking small-to medium-sized prey. The borhyaenids in general were once arboreal, and later changed their life-style to one of living on the ground. The skeleton of Lycopsis has a mosaic of features which show it was not yet a fast runner on the ground.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Argot C. 2004. Functional-adaptive analysis of the postcranial skeleton of a Laventan borhyaenoid, Lycopsis longirostris (Marsupialia, Mammalia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24 (3): 689. [1]
Skull