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
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Superfamily: Aeluroidea
Family: Viverridae
Subfamily: Stenoplesictinae
Genus: 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

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