Canaanimys

Name: Canaanimys ‭(‬Canaan mouse‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ca-naan-em-iss.
Named By: Pierre-Olivier Antoine,‭ ‬Laurent Marivaux,‭ ‬Darin A.‭ ‬Croft,‭ ‬Guillaume Billet,‭ ‬Morgan Ganerřd,‭ ‬Carlos Jaramillo,‭ ‬Thomas Martin,‭ ‬Maëva J.‭ ‬Orliac,‭ ‬Julia Tejada,‭ ‬Ali J.‭ ‬Altamirano,‭ ‬Francis Duranthon,‭ ‬Grégory Fanjat,‭ ‬Sonia Rousse‭ & ‬Rodolfo Salas Gismondi‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Rodentia,‭ ‬Hystricomorpha,‭ ‬Hystricognathi,‭ ‬Caviomorpha.
Species: C.‭ ‬maquiensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore‭?
Size: Uncertain.
Known locations: Peru,‭ ‬Loreto‭ ‬-‭ ‬Yahuarango Formation.
Time period: Late Lutetian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Teeth.

       Canaanimys is one of the earliest known occurrences of the Caviomorpha,‭ ‬a group of rodent mammals that is best known today for including chinchillas and guinea pigs. Another genus from the same formation and named in the same year as Canaanimys is Cachiyacuy.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Middle Eocene rodents from Peruvian Amazonia reveal the pattern and timing of caviomorph origins and biogeography‭ ‬-‭ ‬Proceedings of the Royal Society B‭ ‬279‭ (‬1732‭)‬:‭ ‬1319‭–‬1326‭ ‬-‭ ‬Pierre-Olivier Antoine,‭ ‬Laurent Marivaux,‭ ‬Darin A.‭ ‬Croft,‭ ‬Guillaume Billet,‭ ‬Morgan Ganerřd,‭ ‬Carlos Jaramillo,‭ ‬Thomas Martin,‭ ‬Maëva J.‭ ‬Orliac,‭ ‬Julia Tejada,‭ ‬Ali J.‭ ‬Altamirano,‭ ‬Francis Duranthon,‭ ‬Grégory Fanjat,‭ ‬Sonia Rousse‭ & ‬Rodolfo Salas Gismondi‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012.



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