A new genus and species of Felidae (Mammalia) from Rusinga Island, Kenya, with notes on early Felidae of Africa
2011 (English)In: Estudios Geologicos, ISSN 0367-0449, E-ISSN 1988-3250, Vol. 67, 217-222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The lower Miocene (Burdigalian) deposits of the Hiwegi Fm., Rusinga Island, Kenya, have yielded a single specimen of a small felid. This specimen, here identified as the holotype of a new genus and species, is of the size of the smallest living Felidae. It shows some features of primitive, “Pseudaelurus-grade” cats, but also features of both morphology and metrics that are intermediate between this grade and modern Felidae, suggesting a transitional taxon. This is in contrast with Diamantofelis and Namafelis from Namibia, which, though aberrant, are more clearly of “Pseudaelurus-grade”. The Rusinga specimen is the most derived felid specimen of the lower Miocene.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 67, 217-222 p.
Africa, Kenya, Rusinga, lower Miocene, Felidae.
África, Kenia, Rusinga, Mioceno inferior, Felidae.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:nrm:diva-77DOI: 10.3989/egeol.40480.185OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nrm-77DiVA: diva2:692197
FunderSwedish Research Council