Cordimus, a new genus of cricetid rodent, is described from Neogene deposits on the islands of Curaçao and Bonaire, Dutch Antilles. The genus is characterized by strongly cuspidate molars, the presence of mesolophs in most upper molars and the absence of mesolophids in lower molars. Similarities with the early cricetid Copemys from the Miocene of North America coupled with apparent derived characters shared with the subfamily Sigmodontinae suggest that Cordimus may be close to the root of the sigmodontine lineage, a possibility that remains to be tested through explicit phylogenetic analysis. Three species are recognized on the basis of size and details of molar morphology. Cordimus hooijeri sp. nov. is described from Bonaire on the basis of Holocene owl pellet material that consists of dentaries and postcranial material only. This species is presumed to be extinct, but focused surveys are needed to confirm this hypothesis. Cordimus debuisonjei sp. nov. and Cordimus raton sp. nov. are described from deposits on Tafelberg Santa Barbara in Curaçao. Although the age of these deposits is not known, they are most likely of late Pliocene or early Pleistocene age. Both are represented by numerous isolated molars and some osteological material.

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Keywords Biogeography, Holocene, Insular rodents, Pleistocene, Sigmodontinae
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Journal Palaeontology
Zijlstra, J.S. (Jelle S.), Mcfarlane, D.A. (Donald A.), Van Den Hoek Ostende, L.W. (Lars W.), & Lundberg, J. (2014). New rodents (Cricetidae) from the Neogene of Curaçao and Bonaire, Dutch Antilles. Palaeontology, 57(5), 895–908. doi:10.1111/pala.12091