Eofelis

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Eofelis
Temporal range: Eocene–Miocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Nimravidae
Genus: Eofelis
Type species
Eofelis edwardsii
Kretzoi, 1938
Species
  • E. edwardsii
  • E. giganteus

Eofelis is an extinct genus of small nimravid (false saber-toothed cats). They were catlike creatures that evolved in parallel with true cats but are not a part of the true cat lineage and have left no living descendants.

Fossils have been found in the phosphorites of Quercy, France. It was recently determined that there were two distinct species of Eofelis from old collections, E. edwardsii being the most abundant.

E. giganteus was very large, almost twice the size of E. edwardsii.

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