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Temporal range: Miocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Viverridae
Genus: Kanuites
Dehghani & Werdelin, 2008
Type species
Kanuites lewisae
Dehghani & Werdelin, 2008

Kanuites is an extinct genus of paradoxurine viverrid carnivore.[1] It lived in Africa, during the Miocene epoch.

Description[change | change source]

Kanuites was about 90 centimetres (3 ft) long, and looked very similar to modern genets. Kanuites was probably an omnivore and may have had retractable claws, like a feline. It may have lived in trees during some time in its life.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Lars Werdelin (2019). "'Middle Miocene Carnivora and Hyaenodonta from Fort Ternan, western Kenya" (PDF). Geodiversitas. 41 (6).
  2. Palmer, D., ed. (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 225. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.