Illustration of an Epicyon haydeni
Unlike most dogs that belong to the Caninae family, they belong to a unique family of Borophagina dogs. These dogs crushed the bones of their prey.
Skeletal mount of Epicyon haydeni (LACM 7756/154454) on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
The word Epicyon means “more than a dog.” It was named by Joseph Leidy first as a subgenus Aelurodon haydeni. Later, in the 1980s, paleontologist Baskin named it Epicyon haydeni.