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In Egypt, discovered the remains of previously unknown predators

A new species of predatory mammals, hyenotones, whose petrified remains were found in Egypt, were named in honor of the god Anubis. Description of the remains is presented in the article of American scientists in the journal PLOS ONE. Hyenodons were the forerunners of modern predators living in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. Their sizes differed very much: large species reached three meters in length, while small ones resembled modern martens. The found remains belong to the animal size of the skunk. Their age is estimated at 34 million years. The new species received its name, Masrasector nananubis, in honor of the Egyptian god of the underworld, Anubis, who was portrayed with the head of a jackal or a dog.

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