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Teruelictis
Temporal range: Late Miocene
Teruelictis riparius by rustedbones-da17bhd
An artist's illustration of Teruelictis riparius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Lutrinae?
Genus: Teruelictis
Salesa, 2013
Species: T. riparius
Binomial name
Teruelictis riparius
Salesa, 2013

Teruelictis is an extinct genus of mustelid and was probably related to otters. The animal lived in the Upper Miocene and its fossils have been found in Spain. The animal was probably a terrestrial predator.

The animal is about 60 centimeters long and its dentition is very otter-like. However, the animal does not appear to have been semi-aquatic. Its skeleton was slender and long-legged, unlike that of otters. These conflicting features suggest that the evolutionairy line of otters originated in the Miocene (or even the lower Oligocene) and that the dental morphology of otters developed before the other characteristics of the skeleton did.

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