Late Pliocene carnivores from Vcelare 2 (Southeastern Slovakia)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2008
Authors:Sabol, M, Holec, P, Wagner, J
Journal:Paleontological Journal
Date Published:2008
Keywords:Ailuridae, Ailurus fulgens, Felidae, Ursidae

Carnivores from the Late Pliocene site of Vcelare 2 are described and their taxonomy is discussed. The carnivore assemblage includes nine specimens of the families Felidae (Homotherium crenatidens), Ursidae (Ursus minimus), and Ailuridae (Parailurus sp.). The scimitar-toothed cat and ursid are common representatives of the Pliocene European fauna, whereas the lesser panda is probably a new species of Parailurus, which differs from both Pliocene species, P. anglicus and P. hungaricus. As a part of a more or less uniform Pliocene carnivore fauna of the Northern Hemisphere, the Vc?ela?re 2 assemblage represents a forest and (or) open grassland environment. © Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2008.

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