Name: Lycophocyon ‭(‬Twilight dog‭)‬.
Phonetic: ‭ ‬Lie-ko-fo-sy-on.
Named By: S.‭ ‬Tomiya‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Carnivora,‭ ‬Caniformia.
Species: L.‭ ‬hutchisoni‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Skull about‭ ‬10.5‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Femur about‭ ‬13.4‭ ‬centimetres long.‭ ‬Humerus about‭ ‬10.5‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬California‭ ‬-‭ ‬Santiago Formation.
Time period: Bartonian to early Priabonian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of at least six individuals.

       Lycophocyon is a genus of primitive caniform mammal that lived in western North America during the latter half of the Eocene.‭ ‬Caniform mammals like Lycophocyon are seen as the precursors of the true canids which today include dogs,‭ ‬bears,‭ ‬weasels,‭ ‬martens and even seals.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new basal caniform‭ (‬Mammalia:‭ ‬Carnivora‭) ‬from the middle Eocene of North America and remarks on the phylogeny of early carnivorans.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PLoS ONE‭ ‬6‭(‬9‭)‬:e24146.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Tomiya‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.


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