Badgers are short-legged omnivores in the family Mustelidae which also includes the otters, polecats, weasels and wolverines. The 11 species of badger are grouped in three subfamilies: Melinae (9 Eurasian badgers), Mellivorinae (the honey badger or ratel) and Taxideinae (the American badger). The Asiatic stink badgers of the genus Mydaus were formerly included within Melinae (and thus Mustelidae), but recent genetic evidence indicates these are actually members of the skunk family, placing them in the taxonomic family Mephitidae. Read more ...
Scientists reveal the 'curious beast' from the dawn of mammals - a badger sized, scaly anteater with large claws designed for digging Daily Mail - Agust 27, 2012
A badger sized scaly anteater from ‘the dawn of mammals’ has been unearthed by scientists in Mongolia. The ‘curious beast’ is nearly 57 million years old and was one of the world’s most ancient mammals, unusual creatures which filled the earth shortly after the demise of the dinosaurs. Named Ernanodon antelios, little was known about it because the only existing fossil specimen was highly distorted.
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