The Cheetah: Native American

  title={The Cheetah: Native American},
  author={D. B. Adams},
  pages={1155 - 1158}
  • D. B. Adams
  • Published 1979
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Science
  • Two North American fossil species of large felids, hitherto regarded as Late Cenozoic pumas (mountain lion), are in fact closely related to the living cheetah, Acinonyx, of Africa and Eurasia. A new subgenus (Miracinonyx) is proposed for the American species. Cheetahs and pumas may have had a common ancestor in the Miocene of North America. 
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