Name: Maofelis ‭(‬Maoming cat‭)‬.
Phonetic: Mow-fel-is.
Named By: A.‭ ‬Averianov,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Obraztsova,‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Danilov,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Skutschas‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬Jin‭ ‬-‭ ‬2016.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Carnivora,‭ ‬Feliformia,‭ ‬Nimravidae.
Species: M.‭ ‬cantonensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Guangdong Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Youganwo Formation.
Time period: Late Eocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.

       Maofelis is a genus of nimravid that lived in China during the late Eocene.‭ ‬Nimravids are also known as‭ ‘‬false-sabre-toothed cats‭’ ‬and this is because while they share a resemblance to the machairodonts which are the‭ ‘‬true sabre-toothed cats‭’‬,‭ ‬nimravids are not true cats,‭ ‬and therefore not‭ ‬members of the Felidae,‭ ‬which machairodonts being true cats are.‭ ‬Not‭ ‬only are they a different evolutionary line,‭ ‬the nimravids also appeared much earlier than machairodonts.‭ ‬Known from a single skull,‭ ‬Maofelis is the first nimravid genus discovered in Asia.

Further reading
-‭ ‬First nimravid skull from Asia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Scientific Reports‭ ‬6:25812:1-8.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Averianov,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Obraztsova,‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Danilov,‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Skutschas‭ & ‬J.‭ ‬Jin‭ ‬-‭ ‬2016.


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