Gobiconodon is an extinct genus of carnivorous mammal from the early Cretaceous. It weighed 10–12 pounds (4.5–5.4 kg) and measured 18–20 inches (460–510 mm). It was one of the largest mammals known from the Mesozoic. Like other gobiconodontids, it possesses several speciations towards carnivory, such as shearing molar teeth, large canine-like incisors and powerful jaw and forelimb musculature, indicating that it probably fed on vertebrate prey; rather uniquely among predatory mammals and other eutriconodonts, the lower canines were vestigial, with the first lower incisor pair having become massive and canine-like. Like the larger Repenomamus there might be some evidence of scavenging.[2]

Temporal range: Middle Jurassic-Late Cretaceous 166–94 Ma
Gobiconodon ostromi.JPG
Gobiconodon ostromi skeleton
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Gobiconodonta
Family: Gobiconodontidae
Genus: Gobiconodon
Trofimov, 1978
  • G. bathoniensis Sigogneau-Russell, 2016
  • G. borissiaki Trofimov, 1978 (type)
  • G. hoburensis (Trofimov, 1978) Kielan- Jaworowska & Dashzeveg, 1998
  • G. hopsoni Rougier et al., 2001
  • G. luoianus Yuan et al., 2009
  • G. ostromi Jenkins Jr. & Schaff, 1988
  • G. palaios Sigogneau-Russell, 2003
  • G. zofiae Li et al., 2003
  • G. haizhouensis Kusuhashi et al., 2015[1]
  • G. tomidai Kusuhashi et al., 2015[1]

Guchinodon hoburensis Trofimov, 1978 Neoconodon borissiaki (nomen nudum)


Species Material Age Location Unit Notes
G. borissiaki [3] 10 upper and lower jaws[3] & 3 upper and lower jaws.[4] Holotype: PIN 3101/09 Aptian - Albian   Mongolia Khoboor Beds Neoconodon is a synonym.
1 fragmentary lower jaw[5] Neocomian - Albian   Russia Siberia
G. hoburensis [3] 21 upper and lower jaws. Holotype: PIN 3101/24 Aptian - Albian   Mongolia  Russia Khoboor Beds; Siberia Guchinodon hoburensis is a synonym.[4] The smallest Gobiconodon.
G. hopsoni [6] 2 upper and lower jaws (PSS-MAE 140 (Holotype) & PSS-MAE 139) ?Vanginian - Neocomian   Mongolia Oshih Formation The largest Gobiconodon.
G. palaios [7] ?Berriasian   Morocco Anoual
Gobiconodon sp.[6] 2 fragmentary lower jaws ?Vanginian - Neocomian   Mongolia Oshih Formation
G. sp. A[8] Lower Cretaceous   Russia Ilek Formation
G. sp. B[8] Lower Cretaceous   Russia Ilek Formation
G. luoianus [9] Nearly complete skull (41H III-0320 (Holotype)) Aptian   China Yixian Formation
G. ostromi [10] 2 incomplete skeletons (MCZ 19965 (Holotype) & MCZ 19860) Aptian - Albian   USA Cloverly Formation
G. zofiae [11] Partial skull and lower jaws (IVPP V12585 (Holotype)) Hauterivian   China Yixian Formation
G. bathoniensis [12] Two upper left molars and last upper right molar Bathonian   UK Old Cements Work Quarry


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