Canis ferox

Name: Canis ferox ‭(‬fierce canid‭)‬.
Phonetic: Kay-niss feh-rox.
Named By: Miller and Carranza-Castaneda‭ ‬-‭ ‬1998.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Carnivora,‭ ‬Canidae.
Species: C.‭ ‬ferox.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Weight estimated between‭ ‬13‭ ‬and‭ ‬14‭ ‬kilograms.
Known locations: Mexico.
Time period: Mid Tortonian through to Messinian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Two specimens.

       Canis ferox was a species of canid that so far seems to have had a distribution restricted to Mexico at a time when Canis lepophagus roamed the United States.‭ ‬Canis ferox probably lived like wolves and coyotes do today.

Further reading
- Late Tertiary Canids from Central Mexico. - Journal of Paleontology 72(3):546-556. - W. E. Miller & O. Carranza-Castaneda - 1998.
- "Canis" ferox Revisited: Diet Ecomorphology of Some Long Gone (Late Miocene and Pliocene) Fossil Dogs. - Journal of Mammalian Evolution. 28: 285–306. - Saverio Bartolini-Lucenti & Lorenzo Rook - 2021.


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