Articles | Volume 19, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-19-131-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-19-131-2016
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20 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 20 Jul 2016

First occurrence of Panthera atrox (Felidae, Pantherinae) in the Mexican state of Hidalgo and a review of the record of felids from the Pleistocene of Mexico

Victor Manuel Bravo-Cuevas, Jaime Priego-Vargas, Miguel Ángel Cabral-Perdomo, and Marco Antonio Pineda Maldonado

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We report the first occurrence of an American lion from the late Pleistocene (≈120 000 years ago) of southeastern Hidalgo, central Mexico. The fossil material includes a lower canine tooth and a manus bone. Some areas of central Mexico were suitable hunting sites for the American lion, considering the high diversity of large mammalian herbivores that have been recorded there. The Mexican record of felids represents an important part of the Pleistocene North American diversity.