Saber-Toothed Cats (Carnivora, Felidae, Machairodoninae) from the Lower Pleistocene of the Taurida Cave, Crimea


This paper describes the maxillaries of adult specimens of saber-toothed cats Homotherium crenatidens (Fabrini, 1890) and Megantereon sp. from the Taurida Cave (Crimea, Late Villafranchian; age, 1.8–1.5 Ma). We discuss the morphometric variability in the morphology of the upper carnassials and the length of the С1–Р3 diastema.

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This study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project no. 19-05-00982.

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Lavrov, A.V., Gimranov, D.O., Startsev, D.B. et al. Saber-Toothed Cats (Carnivora, Felidae, Machairodoninae) from the Lower Pleistocene of the Taurida Cave, Crimea. Dokl Biol Sci 495, 272–275 (2020).

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  • Homotherium
  • Megantereon
  • Late Villafranchian
  • Taurida Cave
  • Crimea
  • upper carnassial tooth