New record of Bassariscus ogallalae (Carnivora: Procyonidae) from the Ogallala Group (Miocene) of Ellis County, Kansas, with comments on variation within Bassariscus

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Abstract

A partial left dentary containing c1 and p2-m1 is described as the second reported specimen of Bassariscus ogallalae, a taxon erected nearly 70 years ago. The specimen is from an early late Miocene (late Barstovian/early Clarendonian) exposure of the Ogallala Group in Ellis County, Kansas. Comparison of B. ogallalae to specimens of other species of Bassariscus, including a relatively large sample of B. astutus, reveals that only 2 of the original 4 diagnostic characters remain valid. A relatively large series of measurements and associated ratios reveal no new meristic characters that can be used to distinguish B. ogallalae from other species of Bassariscus. This specimen extends the temporal range of Bassariscus in Kansas from the Recent to the early late Miocene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-256
Number of pages8
JournalSouthwestern Naturalist
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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