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Brachypsalis is an extinct genus of mustelids, which existed during the Miocene period.

Brachypsalis
Temporal range: Miocene
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Genus:
Brachypsalis
Species:
B. hyaenoides
B. matutinus
B. modicus
B. obliquidens
B. pachycephalus

The genus was first described by E. D. Cope in 1890. A similar genus, Brachypsaloides, was later identified as synonymous with Brachypsalis. Cope assigned the genus to the family Mustelidae, whilst J. A. Baskin assigned it to the subfamily Oligobuninae in 1998.[1]

Five species have been identified in the genus: B. hyaenoides, B. matutinus, B. modicus, B. obliquidens, and B. pachycephalus.[1] A sixth species, B. simplicidens, was later determined to be synonymous with Megalictis ferox.

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  1. ^ a b Paleobiology Database

ReferencesEdit

  • "Brachypsalis at the Paleobiology Database". paleodb.org. Retrieved 2008-11-25.