Name: Syrtosmilus ‭(‬Syrt knife‭)‬.
Phonetic: Sir-to-smy-lus.
Named By: Ginsburg‭ ‬-‭ ‬1978.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Carnivora,‭ ‬Feliformia,‭ ‬Barbourofelidae.
Species: S.‭ ‬syrtensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Libya,‭ ‬Gebel Zelten.
Time period: Early Miocene.
Fossil representation: Single specimen of partial remains.

       Not a very well-known barbourofelid,‭ ‬Syrtosmilus lived in North Africa during the early Miocene.‭ ‬As with its relatives,‭ ‬Syrtosmilus was probably an ambush hunter that darted out from the cover of vegetation to hit prey animals before they even knew that Syrtosmilus was there.‭ ‬The species name of S.‭ ‬syrtensis means‭ ‘‬from Syrt‭’‬.


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