borophaginae

Genus: Epicyon

(meaning “more than a dog”)

….a extinct genus of bone-crushing dogs that lived in North America during the middle Miocene to late Miocene. Like other bone-crushing dogs members of this genus had large teeth and jaws which were used to crush bones, as suggested in their common name. Members of Epicyon were a lot larger than other borophagines with some species  weighing over 370 pounds and were around the size of a bear. Epicyon was one of the last of the borophagines and shared its habitat with numerous other canids like Canis lepophagus, the first wolf.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Canidae-Borophaginae-Epicyon

Image: Doug Shore

To be honest...

I’m not sure If I’d like to look like/physically be my theriotype anyways? How would you feel if you had a large, prehistoric cat-dog-hyena-bear thing running at you in the middle of the damn night!? People would be terrified if something like that just come out of nowhere. “Oh, no!” “A beardog thing!”

Originally posted by teecupz