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Vulpes qiuzhudingi
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A cast of a Vulpes qiuzhudingi dentary
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Subfamily: Caninae
Tribe: Canini
Genus: Vulpes
Species: V. qiuzhudingi
Binomial name
Vulpes qiuzhudingi
Wang et. al., 2014

Vulpes qiuzhudingi ("Zhudingi's fox") is an extinct species of fox found in the Himalayas. The fossils, dating from the Miocene epoch of the Neogene period (5.08 - 3.60 million years ago), were found in the Zanda Basin and Kunlun Mountains of Tibet.

Naming[]

Discovered in 2014, it was named after Qiu Zhuding, a paleontologist from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Diet[]

It was primarily carnivorous. The species of fox was likely predatorial; it might be from the few species of Vulpes that achieved a true predator status rather than being primary secondary omnivores. Its teeth had cusps also seen in those of arctic foxes, and were well designed for easily slicing flesh.

Evolution[]

Vulpes qiuzhudingi is believed to be the ancestor of the modern arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus), which would support the "Out of Tibet" theory. This theory suggested that animals from Tibet were ancestors of later arctic and ice age species. These animals were adapted for a cold lifestyle before the latest ice age occurred. V. qiuzhudingi’s discovery further supported the theory.

Sources[]

https://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/research-posts/newly-discovered-extinct-fox-used-tibet-as-training-ground-for-ice-age

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