New species of fox discovered at Malapa site in South Africa

Mar 25, 2013

The fossils of an extinct species of fox discovered at the Malapa site in Gauteng, South Africa, have recently been confirmed as a new species named Vulpes skinneri.

The paper 'A new species of fox from the Australopithecus sediba type locality, Malapa, South Africa', recently published in Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, describes the fossils of the and compares with a broad sample of other modern and fossil foxes and determines that these specimens are distinct enough to be referred to a new species.

The site of Malapa was first discovered in 2008 and has already gained recognition as the type site for sediba. Vulpes skinneri, named in honour of the late Professor John Dawson Skinner, long-time director of the University of Pretoria Mammal Research Institute, becomes the second new species to be described from this site.

Explore further: Researchers create methylation maps of Neanderthals and Denisovans, compare them to modern humans

More information: Adam Hartstone-Rose, Brian F. Kuhn, Shahed Nalla, Lars Werdelin & Lee R. Berger, A new species of fox from the Australopithecus sediba type locality, Malapa, South Africa, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, Volume 68, Issue 1, 2013, DOI: 10.1080/0035919X.2012.748698. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0035919X.2012.748698

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Another new fox species from Malapa

Jan 23, 2013

Researchers from Wits University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, together with international scientists announced on Tuesday, 22 January 2012, the discovery of a two million year old fossil ...

Handier than Homo habilis?

Sep 08, 2011

The versatile hand of Australopithecus sediba makes a better candidate for an early tool-making hominin than the hand of Homo habilis.

New hominid shares traits with Homo species

Apr 08, 2010

Two partial skeletons unearthed from a cave in South Africa belong to a previously unclassified species of hominid that is now shedding new light on the evolution of our own species, Homo sapiens, researchers say. T ...

New species of early hominid found

Apr 06, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- A previously unknown species of hominid that lived in what is now South Africa around two million years ago has been found in the form of a fossilized skeleton of a child and several bones ...

Australopithecus Sediba could be direct ancestor of Homo

Apr 20, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- Last year Lee Berger from the University of the Witwatersrand and his team discovered the skeletal remains of two specimens they determined to be a new species of human called Australopithecus se ...

Recommended for you

Crowd-sourcing Britain's Bronze Age

Apr 17, 2014

A new joint project by the British Museum and the UCL Institute of Archaeology is seeking online contributions from members of the public to enhance a major British Bronze Age archive and artefact collection.

Roman dig 'transforms understanding' of ancient port

Apr 17, 2014

(Phys.org) —Researchers from the universities of Cambridge and Southampton have discovered a new section of the boundary wall of the ancient Roman port of Ostia, proving the city was much larger than previously ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

Clippers and coiners in 16th-century England

In 2017 a new £1 coin will appear in our pockets with a design extremely difficult to forge. In the mid-16th century, Elizabeth I's government came up with a series of measures to deter "divers evil persons" ...

Airbnb rental site raises $450 mn

Online lodging listings website Airbnb inked a $450 million funding deal with investors led by TPG, a source close to the matter said Friday.

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

People with accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...