Africanictis

Africanictis is an extinct species of carnivorous cat-like mammals belonging to the superfamily Aeluroidea, endemic to Africa from the Miocene 23.03—11.610 Ma, existing for approximately 11.42 million years.[1]

Africanictis is shown to have an omnivorous diet or more precisely, hypercarnivorous to mesocarnivorous.[2][3]

Africanictis
Temporal range: Miocene
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Africanictis

Morales et al. (1998)

Taxonomy

Africanictis was named by Morales et al. (1998). It was assigned to Stenoplesictinae by Morlo et al. (2007).[4]

References

  1. ^ Paleobiology Database: Africanictis basic info.
  2. ^ J. A. Lillegraven. 1979. Reproduction in Mesozoic mammals. In J. A. Lillegraven, Z. Kielan-Jaworowska, and W. A. Clemens (eds.), Mesozoic Mammals: The First Two-Thirds of Mammalian History. University of California Press, Berkeley 259-276
  3. ^ R. M. Nowak. 1999. Walker's Mammals of the World, Sixth Edition I:1-836
  4. ^ M. Morlo, E. R. Miller, and A. N. El-Barkooky. 2007. Creodonta and Carnivora from Wadi Moghra, Egypt. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(1):145-159
Aeluroidea

Aeluroidea is an extant superfamily of feline-like carnivores that are, or were, endemic to North America, South America, Africa, and Asia. They appeared during the Oligocene about 33.3 million years ago.This superfamily includes the extant families of: Felidae (cats), Herpestidae (mongooses) and Hyaenidae (hyenas).

Extinct genera include Africanictis, Anictis, Asiavorator, Haplogale, Herpestides, Mioprionodon, Moghradictis, Palaeoprionodon, Proailurus, Shandgolictis, Stenogale, and Stenoplesictis.

Herpestides

Herpestides is an extinct genus of terrestrial carnivore that was endemic to North Africa and Southern Europe during the Early Miocene subepoch (22.4—20 mya) and existed for approximately 2.4 million years.

Stenoplesictidae

Stenoplesictidae is the name of a family of extinct civet-like animals, such as Stenoplesictis.

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