Puma pardoides

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Puma pardoides
Temporal range: Pliocene-Pleistocene
Puma schaubi.JPG
Skull
De vroeg-pleistocene sabeltandkat, Homotherium crenatidens (2008) Puma pardoides.png
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Puma
Species:
P. pardoides
Binomial name
Puma pardoides
Owen, 1846
Synonyms
  • Felis pardoides Owen, 1846
  • Panthera schaubi Viret, 1954
  • Viretailurus schaubi Hemmer, 1964

Puma pardoides, sometimes called the Eurasian puma or Owen's panther, is an extinct prehistoric cat. It was long regarded as a primitive species of leopard (genus Panthera). Recent work[1] however has shown that Panthera pardoides and Panthera schaubi are actually the same species, and are probably not pantherine at all, but a member of Felinae related to the cougar, making them more properly classified as Puma pardoides.

Classification[edit]

Panthera schaubi or Viretailurus schaubi was historically often regarded as a basal member of the genus Panthera. [2] However, recent work[1][3] has shown that Viretailurus should actually be included in the genus Puma as a junior synonym of Puma pardoides. Fossils of this leopard-sized animal are around 2 million years old and were found in France. However, their classification was difficult, due to the similarities between leopards and pumas, until teeth found at the Upper Pliocene Transcaucasian site of Kvabebi were found to be similar to those of pumas.[1].

Taxonomic history[edit]

Puma pardoides was originally described in 1846 as Felis pardoides.[4] A complete skull was described in 1954 as Panthera schaubi,[5] but was assigned in 1965 to a new genus as Viretailurus schaubi due to distinct differences from other pantherin cats.[6] In 2001, however, it was pointed out that the various puma-like fossils in Eurasia could all be attributed to a single species, Puma pardoides.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hemmer, H.; Kahlike, R.D.; Vekua, A.K. (2004). "The Old World puma Puma pardoides (Owen, 1846) (Carnivora: Felidae) in the Lower Villafranchian (Upper Pliocene) of Kvabebi (East Georgia, Transcaucasia) and its evolutionary and biogeographical significance". Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen. 233: 197–233.
  2. ^ Turner, Alan; Anton, Mauricio (1997). The big cats and their fossil relatives. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-10229-1.
  3. ^ "Pumas of South Africa, cheetahs of France, jaguars of England", Tetrapod Zoology
  4. ^ Owen, Richard (1846). "A History of British Fossil Mammals, and Birds. John Van Voorst, London, 560p". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Viret, J. (1954). "Le loess à bancs durcis de Saint-Vallier (Drôme) et sa faune de mammifères villafranchiens". Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. Lyon. 4: 1–200.
  6. ^ Hemmer, H. (1964). "Studien an "Panthera schaubi" Viret aus dem Villafranchien von Saint-Vallier (Drôme)". Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen. 122: 324–336.
  7. ^ Hemmer, H. (2001). "Die Feliden aus dem Epivillafranchium von Untermassfeld, in: R.D. Kahlke (Ed.), Das Pleistozän von Untermassfeld bei Meiningen (Thüringen), Römisch-Germaisches Zentralmuseum, Bonn": 699–782. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ Cherin, Marco; Iurino, Dawid A.; Sardella, Raffaele (2013). "Earliest occurrence of Puma pardoides (Owen, 1846) (Carnivora, Felidae) at the Plio/Pleistocene transition in western Europe:New evidence from the Middle Villafranchian assemblage of Montopoli, Italy". Comptes Rendus Palevol. 12 (3): 165–171. doi:10.1016/j.crpv.2013.01.002.