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Temporal range: Miocene
Nimravides catacopis.JPG
Nimravides catacopis skull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Machairodontinae
Genus: Nimravides

Nimravides was a prehistoric saber-toothed cat which lived in North America during the middle and late Miocene.[1] Despite its scientific name Nimravides does not belong to the Nimravidae, but belongs to the family Felidae.

The earlier species of the genus are smaller and more primitive than the later forms. The tiger-sized Nimravides catacopsis resembles the primitive Machairodus aphanistus, a species known from the late Miocene of Eurasia.[2]

  • Felinae
    • Nimravides
      • Nimravides nimravidus
      • Nimravides catacopsis
      • Nimravides pedionomus
      • Nimravides hibbardi
      • Nimravides galiani
      • Nimravides thinobates

References[change | change source]

  1. Martin Larry D. 1998. Felidae. In Evolution of Tertiary mammals of North America, volume 1: Terrestrial carnivores, ungulates, ungulatelike mammals. Cambridge University Press.
  2. Turner, Alan 1997. The big cats and their fossil relatives. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 25. ISBN 0-231-10228-3. 

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