Cabbage Patch carnivores

Photo courtesy of Judy Carlson

Photo courtesy of Judy Carlson

The  carnivore fauna from Cabbage Patch currently include a single specimen, a dog named Cynodesmus thooides. My crew and I recently came upon another 15+ specimens while doing field and collection work. I am currently working on the description of this previously unrecognized diversity of carnivorans with an undergraduate student. This is part of a larger project investigating the taxonomic affinities of the Cabbage Patch fauna with the faunas from the Great Plains (Arikaree Group) and Oregon (John Day Formation).

We have already identified 2 more species of dogs, expanded the local stratigraphic range of C. thooides, and found some fossil mustelids (weasels, badgers, wolverines, and their relatives).

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