The presence of Panthera onca Linnaeus 1758 (Felidae) in the Pleistocene of the region of Lagoa Santa, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  title={The presence of Panthera onca Linnaeus 1758 (Felidae) in the Pleistocene of the region of Lagoa Santa, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil},
  author={Artur Chahud and Mercedes Okumura},
  journal={Historical Biology},
  pages={2496 - 2503}
  • A. ChahudM. Okumura
  • Published 19 August 2020
  • Geography, Environmental Science, Biology
  • Historical Biology
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