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Pseudaelurus

Mammalia - Carnivora - Felidae

Taxonomy
Pseudaelurus was named by Leidy (1858) [type European Felis quadridentata Blainville 1843 (= Pseudaelurus quadridentatus): see Rothwell 2003].

It was reranked as Felis (Pseudaelurus) by Leidy (1858).

It was assigned to Felis by Leidy (1858); to Nimravidae by Cope (1880); to Felinae by Martin (1998) and Sach and Heizmann (2001); and to Felidae by Gervais (1848), Carroll (1988), Hunt (1998), Rothwell (2001) and Rothwell (2004).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1848Pseudaelurus Gervais
1858Felis (Pseudaelurus) Leidy p. 22
1858Pseudaelurus Leidy p. 22
1880Pseudaelurus Cope p. 836
1988Pseudaelurus Carroll
1998Pseudaelurus Hunt, Jr. p. 41
1998Pseudaelurus Martin p. 238
2001Pseudaelurus Rothwell
2001Pseudaelurus Sach and Heizmann p. 28
2004Pseudaelurus Rothwell p. 159

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Synapsida()
Therapsida()
infraorderCynodontia()
RankNameAuthor
Epicynodontia
infraorderEucynodontia
Probainognathia
Mammaliamorpha
Mammaliaformes
classMammalia
subclassTribosphenida()
infraclassEutheria()
Placentalia
Laurasiatheria
Scrotifera
Ferae()
CarnivoramorphaWyss and Flynn 1993
CarnivoraformesFlynn et al.
orderCarnivoraBowditch 1821
suborderFeliformiaKretzoi 1945
superfamilyAeluroideaFlower 1869
familyFelidae
genusPseudaelurus

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
ReferenceDiagnosis
T. M. Rothwell 2001Members of Felidae with the unique combination of the following derived and primitive characters: presence of p2 with the usual absence of p1 and m2, m1 with reduced metaconid and talonid, P2 with one root, alisphenoid canal present, paroccip- ital process cupped about the posterior sur- face of an enlarged caudal entotympanic. Differing from extant felid genera by c cross section showing flattened inner surface and posterior trenchant edge, presence of p2, m1 with variable metaconid and reduced talonid, presence of alisphenoid canal. Differing from Metailurus by presence of alisphenoid canal and p2, absence of enlargement of mental ridge. Differing from Nimravides by smaller size and absence of any ventral mandibular mental ridge enlargement. Differing from Proailurus by absence of p1 and m2.