Lynx issiodorensis

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Lynx issiodorensis
Lynx issiodorensis 2.JPG
Fossils
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Lynx
Species: L. issiodorensis
Binomial name
Lynx issiodorensis
(Croizet & Jobert, 1828)

Lynx issiodorensis, or Issoire Lynx, was a species of lynx that inhabited Europe during the Pleistocene epoch, and may have originated in Africa during the late Pliocene.[1] It probably became extinct during the end of the last glacial period.[1]

It is generally considered as the ancestor of all four species of lynx alive today. Its skeleton resembled that of living lynxes, but it had shorter and more robust limbs, with a larger head and longer neck. As a result, the Issoire lynx more closely resembled a typical member of the cat family than do its extant descendants.

Species descending from Lynx issiodorensis[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sunquist, Mel; Sunquist, Fiona (2002). Wild cats of the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 153. ISBN 0-226-77999-8. 

External links[edit]

Data related to Lynx issiodorensis at Wikispecies