Felis attica

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Felis attica
Temporal range: late Miocene[1] 9–6 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Felis/Pristifelis
Species: F. attica
Binomial name
Felis attica
Wagner, 1857

Felis attica is an extinct felid of the subfamily Felinae. Around 12 million years ago, the genus Felis appeared and eventually gave rise to many of the modern small cats. Felis attica was a small lynx-like cat, and was one of the ancestors of the first modern Felis species, such as F. lunensis (Martelli's cat), which appeared around 2.5 million years ago during the Pliocene epoch. Fossil specimens of F. attica have been recovered in western Eurasia.[2] Fossil evidence suggests that F. attica was among the smallest of the Miocene Felinae: about the size of the modern bobcat (Lynx rufus), but with a longer profile.[3] It was made the type species of a separate genus, Pristifelis, by Salesa et al. (2012).[4]


  1. ^ The Paleobiology Database Felis attica entry Accessed on 21 July 2011
  2. ^ Johnson, W.E.; Eizirik, E.; Pecon-Slattery, J.; Murphy, W.J.; Antunes, A.; Teeling, E. & O'Brien, S.J. (2006). "The Late Miocene radiation of modern Felidae: A genetic assessment" (abstract). Science. 311 (5757): 73–77. doi:10.1126/science.1122277. PMID 16400146. 
  3. ^ http://www.boneroom.com/fossils/specialty.htm
  4. ^ Manuel J. Salesa; Mauricio Antón; Jorge Morales; Stéphane Peigné (2012). "Systematics and phylogeny of the small felines (Carnivora, Felidae) from the Late Miocene of Europe: a new species of Felinae from the Vallesian of Batallones (MN 10, Madrid, Spain)". Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 10 (1): 87–102. doi:10.1080/14772019.2011.566584.