Hyainailurus

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Hyainailurus
Temporal range: Miocene
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Hyainailurus

Biedermann, 1863
Species
  • H. sulzeri Biedermann, 1863 (type)
  • H. napakensis Ginsburg, 1980
  • H. bugtiensis Pilgrim, 1910

Hyainailurus is an extinct genus of hyaenodont mammal of the family Hyainailouridae[1] that lived during the Miocene, of which there were at least three species spread across Europe, Africa, and Asia.[2] Closely related to other large African creodonts such as Simbakubwa and Megistotherium, Hyainailurus walked with a semi-digitigrade stance and was probably capable of large, leaping bounds.[3]

Alongside its African relatives and the last members of the genus Hyaenodon from Asia, Hyainailurus was among the largest creodonts that existed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ F. Solé, J. Lhuillier, M. Adaci, M. Bensalah, M. Mahboubi and R. Tabuce. 2014. The hyaenodontidans from the Gour Lazib area (?Early Eocene, Algeria): implications concerning the systematics and the origin of the Hyainailourinae and Teratodontinae. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 12(3):303-322
  2. ^ Morlo, M.; Miller, E. R.; El-Barkooky, A. N. (2007). "Creodonta and Carnivora from Wadi Moghra, Egypt". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 27: 145. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2007)27[145:CACFWM]2.0.CO;2.
  3. ^ Borths, M. R.; Stevens, N. J. (2019). "Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, gen. et sp. nov. (Hyainailourinae, Hyaenodonta, 'Creodonta,' Mammalia), a gigantic carnivore from the earliest Miocene of Kenya". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: e1570222. doi:10.1080/02724634.2019.1570222.