“U” is for Uintacyon

“U” is for Uintacyon

Uintacyon was a carnivore, a member of a group of mammals called the miacids. These mammals were probably superficially weasel-like.

A specimen of Uintacyon juglans from the National Museum of Natural History. This specimen was stolen in 2006. If you see it somewhere other than the NMNH, you need to click through and contact the museum.

Like most Paleocene mammals, much of what is known about Uintacyon is known only from its teeth. What’s really cool is that you can look at some three dimensional images of Uintacyon teeth here. Here’s some examples:

An upper molar of Uintacyon

A lower molar of Uintacyon

Part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge.

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