APPENDIX 1.

Modified dental character matrix from Morales and Pickford (2011), with Kichechia savagei sp. nov. added. This includes extant and fossil viverrid and herpestid species.

Kichechia zamanae 0111001110110000111010111

Kichechia savagei sp. nov. ?????????????100001011111

Ketketictis solida ????????????????0101000?1

Tugenictis ngororaensis ?????????????????011010?0

Herpestides aequatorialis ??11111??????1???1011000?

Paradoxurus hermaphroditus 1010111111101111101111011

Mioparadoxurus meini ????????????010?1011110?1

Pseudocivetta ingens ??10110011111001111111110

Orangictis gariepensis ????????????0001111010000

Crossarchus obscurus 1111001110010000000000000

APPENDIX 2.

Characters and dental states of lower dentition from selected species of Viverridae and Herpestidae, modified from Morales and Pickford (2011; appendix A).

Upper dentition

P3

1. Protocone; absence (0) presence (1)

2. Development of the metastyle (posterior cusplet); present (0) reduced (1)

P4

3. Occludal morphology; enlongated (0) short, triangular (1)

4. Size of the parastyle; absent or very small (0) strong (1)

5. Morphology of the metastyle; sectorial (0) bunodont (1)

6. Size of the protocone; medium sized (0) very developed (1)

7. Separation protocone-paracone; close (0) very separated (1)

M1

8. Development of the stylar area; moderate (0) very developed (1)

9. Morphology of the trigon valley; open (0) closed anteriorly (1)

10. Size and morphology of the protocone; conical, moderate size (0) bunodont, strong (1)

11. Morphology and size of the parastyle; sectorial, strong (1) reduced, non-sectorial (1)

M2

12. Size with respect to M1; small (0) big (1)

Lower dentition

p4

13. Height of the protoconid; high (0) low (1)

14. Size of the paraconid; weak (0) strong (1)

15. Development of the metaconid; absent (0) present (1)

16. Development of the entoconid; absent (0) present (1)

17. Development of a valley in the talonid; absent (0) present (1)

m1

18. Connection metaconid-protoconid; united by cristids (0) separated (1)

19. Height of the trigonid; high (0) low (1)

20. Morphology of the cusps in the trigonid-talonid; sectorial and/or sharp (0) bunodont (1)

21. Morphology of the posterior wall of the trigonid; vertical (0) inclined and with a recess in the trigonid valley (1)

22. Entoconid; absent (0) present (1)

23. Pre-entoconid; absent (0) present (1)

m2

24. Trigonid morphology; trigonid complete (0) reduction of cusplets (1)

25. Position of the metaconid in m1; more anterior than the protoconid (0) retired (1)