Nimravinae

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Nimravinae
Temporal range: 40–7 Ma
Dinictis felina, South Dakota, USA, Early Oligocene - Royal Ontario Museum - DSC00117.JPG
Dinictis skeleton from South Dakota,
displayed at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Nimravidae
Subfamily: Nimravinae
Cope, 1880
Genera

Dinictis
Dinaelurus
Dinailurictis
Eofelis
Nimravus
Pogonodon
Quercylurus

Nimravidae cladogram

The Nimravinae are a subfamily of the Nimravidae, an extinct family of feliform mammalian carnivores sometimes known as false saber-toothed cats. They were endemic to North America, Europe, and Asia from the Middle Eocene through the Late Miocene epochs (Bartonian through Tortonian stages, 40.4—7.2 mya), spanning about 33.2 million years.[1] Centered in North America, the radiation of the Nimravinae from the Eocene to Oligocene was the first radiation of cat-like carnivorans.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PaleoBiology Database: Nimravinae, basic info
  2. ^ Bryant, Harold N. (1996). "Nimravidae". In Donald R. Prothero and Robert J. Emry. The Terrestrial Eocene-Oligocene Transition in North America. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. p. 468. ISBN 0521433878.