Name: Eofelis ‭(‬Dawn cat‭)‬.
Phonetic: E-oh-fel-iss.
Named By: Miklós Kretzoi‭ ‬-‭ ‬1938.‭
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Carnivora,‭ ‬Nimravidae.
Species: E.‭ ‬edwardsii‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬giganteus.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Estimated around‭ ‬120‭ ‬to‭ ‬160‭ ‬centimetres long depending upon the species.
Known locations: France,‭ ‬Quercy.
Time period: Late Eocene to Oligocene.
Fossil representation: Several specimens.

       Eofelis is one of‭ ‬the better known nimravids from Western Europe.‭ ‬Initially there was only one species but re-evaluation of the known fossils has determined that the larger specimens are actually those of a distinct species from the smaller remains,‭ ‬leading to the creation of E.‭ ‬giganteus.

Further reading
- A new species of Eofelis (Carnivora: Nimravidae) from the Phosphorites of Quercy, France. Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences - Series IIA - Earth and Planetary Science 330(9):653-658. - S. Peigné - 2000.


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