Fragmenta Palaeontologica Hungarica

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Author(s): Hankó, E. P.
Title: A revision of three Pleistocene subspecies of Panthera, based on mandible and teeth remains, stored in Hungarian collections
Year: 2007
Volume: 24-25
Pages: 25-43.

Abstract: This paper is the first comperehensive revision of the Pleistocene lion-like cat remains stored in Hungarian collections. The morphological comparison and the cladistical analysis were based on 132 teeth and 9 mandible remains. The fossil cat species, previously described as Leo gombaszoegensis KRETZOI, 1938 stands near to the recent jaguar, therefore it must be referred to Panthera onca gombaszoegensis. The Middle Pleistocene lion-like cat is a subspecies of Panthera leo (P. leo fossilis) just as the Late Pleistocene cave lion (P. leo spelaea), which is not a direct descendant of the former, but represents a separate more advanced offshoot.
Keywords: Hungary, taxonomy, morphology, Pleistocene, Panthera, teeth, mandible

Journal: Fragmenta Palaeontologica Hungarica
Journal abbreviation: Fragm. Palaeont. Hung.
ISSN: 1586-930X
Publisher: Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest
Editor(s): Szabó, J. & Matskási, I.