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Freak Felids - A Discussion of History's Largest Felines

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(01-26-2019, 01:01 AM)GrizzlyClaws Wrote:
(01-25-2019, 05:01 PM)Sanju Wrote:
(12-25-2018, 08:39 AM)tigerluver Wrote: This month a paper describing cat species from a cenote in Mexico described a new species termed Panthera balamoides. The paper is attached.


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What does everyone think? Distal humeri have a lot of intraspecific varation, and the authors acknowledge the issue, but still believe the new fossil is from a unique species. Could a third, previously undiscovered species exist alongside at least three other cats (P. atrox, P. onca, Smilodon) or is it more likely this new specimen is just another P. onca or P. atrox found in the same locality?

I saw this few days back in the internet and I believe that a third unique cat lived in America. BTW in comparison between javan leopard and cougar, the humeri of leopard is larger than puma though javan leopards are not that big than others subs of leopards...
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08912963.2018.1556649?journalCode=ghbi20

It would intriguing if the leopard group also managed to migrate to the prehistoric America, which would make them as widespread as the lions in the prehistoric era.

In the modern era, the leopard is by far the most widespread cat.

I think even leopard made up to that continent, humeri bones are very huge even comparison with the tiger too! So with that type of competition around, I suspect it happened. It can be also a cat separated from other lineage and evolved solely and uniquely specialized to the American environment.
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RE: Freak Felids - A Discussion of History's Largest Felines - Sanju - 01-26-2019, 09:12 AM
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RE: Sabertoothed Cats - peter - 06-11-2016, 04:28 PM
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