Named By: Helbing - 1922.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Carnivora, Nimravidae, Nimravinae.
Species: D. bonali (type).
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.
- Dinailurictis nov ge., ein eigenartiger Felidentypus aus dem Oligozšn. - Eclogae Geologicae Helveticae 16(3):384-387. - H. Helbing - 1922.