Named By: Jourdan - 1862.
Synonyms: Absonodaphoenus, Amphicyon amnicola, Amphicyon lemanensis, Hebucides, Hecubides, Parictis bathygenus.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Carnivora, Caniformia, Amphicyonidae.
Species: C. caroniavarus, C. euryodon, C. lemanensis, C. idoneus, C. macrodon, C. sinapius.
Size: Weight estimated around 80-85 kilograms.
Known locations: Across Africa, Eurasia and North America.
Time period: Late Chattian of the Oligocene through to the Tortonian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Multiple specimens.
Bear dogs can often be divided into North American and Eurasian genera, but Cynelos is one of the few genera that what active across both of these areas as well as Africa, a range proven by the discovery of multiple remains on all of these continents. Because Cynelos was a large Miocene era bear dog, there have been comparisons between it and other large forms such as Amphicyon, indeed, some previously named species of Amphicyon are now included within the Cynelos genus.