Named By: A. Averianov, E. Obraztsova, I. Danilov, P. Skutschas & J. Jin - 2016.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Carnivora, Feliformia, Nimravidae.
Species: M. cantonensis (type).
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains.
Known locations: China, Guangdong Province - Youganwo Formation.
Time period: Late Eocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.
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
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
- First nimravid skull from Asia. - Scientific Reports 6:25812:1-8. - A. Averianov, E. Obraztsova, I. Danilov, P. Skutschas & J. Jin - 2016.