Ginsburgsmilus

Name: Ginsburgsmilus ‭(‬Ginsburg knife‭)‬.
Phonetic: Gins-burg-smy-luss.
Named By: Morales et al‭ ‬-‭ ‬2001.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Carnivora,‭ ‬Feliformia,‭ ‬Barbourofelidae.
Species: G.‭ ‬napakensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Africa.
Time period: Burdigalian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Single specimen.

       As a barbourofelid Ginsburgsmilus is more popularly known as a‭ ‘‬false sabre-toothed cat‭’ ‬since the Barbourofelidae are not thought to related to modern cats of today beyond the fact that they are all members of the Carnivora.‭ ‬As such Ginsburgsmilus is related to other members of the Barbourofelidae such as Sansanosmilus,‭ ‬Prosansanosmilus,‭ ‬Afrosmilus and Barbourofelis amongst others.‭ ‬Ginsburgsmilus lived long before the true cats appeared on the landscape,‭ ‬but would have still filled a similar ecological niche to them.



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