Temporal range: Miocene–Pliocene
|M. sp. skeleton|
M. major Zdansky, 1924
|Range of Metailurus based on fossil record|
Metailurus was named by Zdansky (1924). It was assigned to Felidae by Carroll (1988).
Metailurus is known as a "false sabertooth" cat because, instead of true saberteeth, it has a cross between long, flat and blade-like saberteeth and the shorter cone-shaped teeth of modern-day felines. The canines are longer than even the Clouded Leopard but significantly shorter than true saber teeth and more conical than bladed. Due to the fragmentary nature of Metailurus fossils, the number of species is subject to debate.
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