A Cheetah-Like Cat in the North American Pleistocene

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Science  11 Mar 1977:
Vol. 195, Issue 4282, pp. 981-982
DOI: 10.1126/science.195.4282.981


The discovery of abundant skeletal remains of Felis trumani from a late Pleistocene deposit in Wyoming shows that it was as highly modified for cursorial locomotion as the cheetah (Acinonyx). Several other Pleistocene felids that have been regarded as pumas seem to be related forms. The late Pleistocene fauna of the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming is dominated by cursorial taxa.