Siamogale melilutra

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Siamogale melilutra
Temporal range: Late Miocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Lutrinae
Genus: Siamogale
Ginsburg, Ingavat & Tassy, 1983
Binomial name
Siamogale melilutra
(Wang et al., 2017)

Siamogale melilutra was an extinct species of giant otter.[1] It is from the late Miocene epoch, from Yunnan province, China.[2] The skull has a combination of otter-like and badger-like cranial features.[2] The new species belongs to the Lutrinae subfamily.[3] Siamogale melilutra was about the size of a wolf.[4] It was estimated to about 50 kilograms (110 lb).[2] This is two to three times larger than any modern otter species.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sid Perkins (January 23, 2017). "Enormous otters once roamed southwestern China". Science AAAS. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Siamogale melilutra: Giant Otter Fossils Reveal New Species". Sci News. January 23, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  3. Xiaoming Wang et al. "A new otter of giant size, Siamogale melilutra sp. nov. (Lutrinae: Mustelidae: Carnivora), from the latest Miocene Shuitangba site in north-eastern Yunnan, south-western China, and a total-evidence phylogeny of lutrines". Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. doi:10.1080/14772019.2016.1267666. 
  4. Cleveland Museum of Natural History (January 23, 2017). "Wolf-size extinct otter discovered: 6.24 million years old". ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  5. "Scientists Discover Prehistoric Giant Otter Species In China". NPR. January 23, 2017.