Asiavorator

Asiavorator is an extinct genus of carnivorous, cat-like civet endemic to Asia in the Oligocene.[1]

The teeth of Asiavorator suggest that the beasts were omnivorous or more precisely, ranged from hypercarnivorous to mesocarnivorous.[2][3]

Asiavorator
Temporal range: Oligocene
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Stenoplesictinae
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Asiavorator

Spassov and Lange-Badré (1995)

Taxonomy

Asiavorator was named by Spassov and Lange-Badré (1995). It was assigned to Aeluroidea by Hunt (1998).[4]

References

  1. ^ Paleobiology Database: Asiavorator 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. ^ R. M. Hunt. 1998. Evolution of the aeluroid Carnivora: diversity of the earliest aeluroids from Eurasia (Quercy, Hsanda-Gol) and the origin of felids. American Museum Novitates 3252:1-65
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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