New Viverrinae (Carnivora: Mammalia) from the basal Middle Miocene of Arrisdrift, Namibia
Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research
A new genus and species of viverrid of modern type, Orangic!is gariepensis, is described from the basal Middle Miocene locality of Arrisdrift in southern Namibia. It is the earliest known representative of the subfamily Viverrinae from Africa. Detailed examination of the mongoose-like carnivores of the early Miocene of Africa, hitherto all assigned to the family Viverridae, reveals that none of them are related to this group.
Middle Miocene, Namibia, Viverridae, carvivora, Arrisdrift