A sabre-tooth felid from Coopers Cave (Gauteng, South Africa) and its implications for Megantereon (Felidae: Machairodontinae) taxonomy

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dc.contributor.author Hartstone-Rose, Adam
dc.contributor.author De Ruiter, Darryl J.
dc.contributor.author Berger, Lee R.
dc.contributor.author Churchill, Steven E.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-22T08:00:39Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-22T08:00:39Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.issn 0078-8554
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/16100
dc.description.abstract Metrical and morphological analysis of a new sabre-tooth felid mandible recovered from the Plio-Pleistocene hominid-bearing site of Coopers, South Africa, indicates that it can be assigned to the genus Megantereon, though it is by some measures the smallest individual of this taxon yet described. Comparison of morphological variability within this genus to that found within four extant, medium-sized felid species (Acinonyx jubatus, Neofelis nebulosa, Panthera pardus and P. uncia) and the extinct genus Smilodon (sister taxon of Megantereon) provides confirmation of the suggestion by Martínez-Navarro&Palmqvist (1995, 1996) that Megantereon is a geographically polymorphic genus comprised of at least two species: M. cultridens (Cuvier, 1824) of North America and Europe and M. whitei (Broom, 1937) of Africa and Europe. en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship Duke University’s Undergraduate Research Support Office, Howard Hughes Program and Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy; the Palaeo-Anthropology Scientific Trust (PAST); the National Geographic Society; and the Wenner-Gren Foundation (grant 6914 to D.J.D.) en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher BERNARD PRICE INSTITUTE FOR PALAEONTOLOGICAL RESEARCH en_ZA
dc.title A sabre-tooth felid from Coopers Cave (Gauteng, South Africa) and its implications for Megantereon (Felidae: Machairodontinae) taxonomy en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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