News Bite: Kerberos! Giant mammal carnivore from after the Age of Dinosaurs!

It weighed twice as much as a modern wolf. It had three pairs of meat-slicing teeth. It was the first carnivorous land animal to reach 200 pounds on the entire continent of Europe after the extinction of the dinosaurs. And a team of European scientists and Past Time co-host Matthew Borths just introduced us to it. Ladies and gentlemen: meet Kerberos, monster mammal carnivore!

If you’re interested, read the full technical article about the new mammal, Kerberos,in the online journal Plos One

There are very few articles on creodonts online, like this one from UC Berkeley, mostly because they remain very mysterious.

Matt will have a LOT more to tell the world about creodont mammals after he completes his dissertation this Fall! If you get the chance, wish him luck in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

Kerberos is named for Cerberus, the three-headed hell-hound that guarded the gates of Hades, the Greek underworld.
Kerberos is named for Cerberus, the three-headed hell-hound that guarded the gates of Hades, the Greek underworld.

Filed under: Carnivora, Carnivores, Carnivory, Cenozoic, Creodonta, Creodonts, Creotonta, Europe, Fossils, France, Giant, Hyaenodontida, Hyaenodontidae, Mammals, Meat-eater, Palaeontology, Paleontology

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