The Cheetah: Native American

  title={The Cheetah: Native American},
  author={Daniel B. Adams},
  pages={1155 - 1158}
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. 

Evolution of the extinct Sabretooths and the American cheetah-like cat

Hemphillian and Blancan Felids from central Mexico

Late Tertiary Carnivores are rare as reported in the fossil record for Mexico. The felids discussed in this paper from the state of Guanajuato represent the most diverse assemblage of this taxonomic


ABsTRACr-Late Tertiary Carnivores are rare as reported in the fossil record for Mexico. The felids discussed in this paper from the state of Guanajuato represent the most diverse assemblage of this

The Plio-Pleistocene cheetah-like cat Miracinonyx inexpectatus of North America

A cladistic analysis suggests that the New and Old World forms are distinct at the generic level and the North American taxa from Acinonyx are removed and placed in the genus Mirac inonyx.

The Eurasian puma-like cat "Puma pardoides" (Owen 1846) (Carnivora, Felidae): Taxonomy, Biogeography and dispersal events

The fossil remains of puma-like cats from the Iberian Peninsula are described and it is concluded that P. pardoides is closely related to living pumas, which supports a likely Eurasian origin of the puma lineage.

Small Pleistocene felines of North America

The currently available fossil record of small felines in North America is summarized, and Felis amnicola Gillette is shown by statistical methods to be conspecific with F. wiedii amNicola.

First Record of Puma concolor (Mammalia, Felidae) in the Early-Middle Pleistocene of South America

The first unequivocal record of Puma concolor prior to late Pleistocene times in South America is reported and anatomical analysis demonstrates that MMP 1476-M perfectly matches with the morphology of living puma specimens.

Molecular and Biochemical Evolution of the Carnivora

The fissiped carnivores includes taxa that are entirely carnivorous, insectivorous, and omnivorous and that have cursorial, arboreal, fossorial, and aquatic habits that have confounded the efforts of taxonomists to relate certain taxa.



Fossil Puma (Mammalia: Felidae) in North America

Evidence of a transition in Irvingtonian-Rancholabrean times may suggest that F. inexpectata was ancestral to the living pumas and a relationship to certain Old World felids, especially "Panthera" schaubi, is possible.

Behavioral implications of saber-toothed felid morphology

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It is postulated that saber-toothed felids used their claw equipped forelimbs to grasp and hold their prey as do modern felids and it is thought that Smilodon, like the modern lion, adapted to open habitats by forming prides.

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A Cheetah-Like Cat in the North American Pleistocene

The discovery of abundant skeletal remains of Felis trumani from a late Pleistocene deposit in Wyoming shows that it was as highly modified for cursorial locomotion as the cheetah (Acinonyx). Several

Adams provided the illustrations

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    Wild Cats ofthe World (Taplinger

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