Named By: S. Tomiya - 2011.
Classification: Chordata, Synapsida, Mammalia, Carnivora, Caniformia.
Species: L. hutchisoni (type).
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.
- 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.