Name: Dinailurictis
Phonetic: Din-a-lur-ik-tis.
Named By: Helbing‭ ‬-‭ ‬1922.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Carnivora,‭ ‬Nimravidae,‭ ‬Nimravinae.
Species: D.‭ ‬bonali (type).
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: About one meter high at the shoulder and around‭ ‬300‭ ‬kilograms in weight.
Known locations: Europe.
Time period: Late Oligocene.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.

       Dinailurictis is so similar to another nimravid called Quercylurus that it has actually been considered to be a synonym to it.‭ ‬Also like with Quercylurus,‭ ‬Dinailurictis has also been considered to be a synonym to Nimravus,‭ ‬the type genus of the Nimravidae.‭ ‬However not all researchers are convinced by these ideas,‭ ‬one reason being is that Dinailurictis is far bigger than‭ ‬even the largest known specimen of Nimravus.‭ ‬Additionally Dinailurictis is dated to a later time period than Quercylurus,‭ ‬something which leads to the idea that it might actually be the descendent of this earlier nimravid.‭ ‬For the above reasons the future for Dinailurictis as a valid genus remains uncertain,‭ ‬although for the time being most researchers still treat it as an independent genus.

Further reading
- Dinailurictis nov ge., ein eigenartiger Felidentypus aus dem Oligozšn. - Eclogae Geologicae Helveticae 16(3):384-387. - H. Helbing - 1922.


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