First small-sized Dinofelis: Evidence from the Plio-Pleistocene of North Africa

Joan Madurell-Malapeira*, Antonio Rodríguez-Hidalgo, Hassan Aouraghe, Hamid Haddoumi, Saverio Bartolini Lucenti, Aïcha Oujaa, Palmira Saladié, Said Bengamra, Juan Marín, Mohamed Souhir, Mourad Farkouch, Hicham Mhamdi, Al Mahdi Aissa, Lars Werdelin, M. Gema Chacón, Robert Sala-Ramos

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Abstract

We describe small-sized specimens of the metailurine felid Dinofelis from a new Plio-Pleistocene site in North Africa. Dinofelis is a genus of saber-toothed cats mainly recorded from East and South Africa with numerous leopard to jaguar-sized species. The described specimens, clearly smaller than all the other African Dinofelis, resemble isolated remains from the Late Pliocene of France and the Early Pleistocene of Africa. Present evidence suggests that our form represents a new species and/or new lineage of Dinofelis, smaller and probably occupying a different ecological niche compared to the previously known members of the genus, and thus it adds complexity to the high intraspecific competition among large carnivorans in the Plio-Pleistocene of Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107028
JournalQuaternary Science Reviews
Volume265
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Carnivora
  • Dinofelis
  • Felidae
  • Machairodontinae
  • Morocco
  • North africa
  • Plio-Pleistocene

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