An intriguing find of an early Middle Pleistocene European snow leopard, Pantheraunciapyrenaica ssp. nov. (Mammalia, Carnivora, Felidae), from the Arago cave (Tautavel, Pyrénées-Orientales, France)

@article{Hemmer2022AnIF,
  title={An intriguing find of an early Middle Pleistocene European snow leopard, Pantheraunciapyrenaica ssp. nov. (Mammalia, Carnivora, Felidae), from the Arago cave (Tautavel, Pyr{\'e}n{\'e}es-Orientales, France)},
  author={Helmut Hemmer},
  journal={Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments},
  year={2022},
  pages={1 - 14}
}
  • H. Hemmer
  • Published 1 February 2022
  • Environmental Science
  • Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments
A complete mandible of a leopard-sized cat from the early Middle Pleistocene Arago cave MIS 14 level (Tautavel, France) was at first assigned to the snow leopard, Pantherauncia. A subsequent comprehensive description and analysis found the mandibular corpus snow leopard-like, but interpreted the dentition more like the leopard, Pantherapardus. Thus, this cat was classified as P.pardus. The re-study given in this paper presents the key to its real evolutionary place. The extant snow leopard is… 

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