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Barbourofelis
Temporal range: late MiocenePleistocene
Barbourofelis, Florida Museum of Natural History
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: †Barbourofelidae
Genus: Barbourofelis
Schultz, Schultz & Martin, 1970

Barbourofelis is an extinct genus of large, carnivorous, mammals. They were a type of saber-toothed cat.

The genus was found in North America during the Miocene to Pleistocene. They lived from 13.6 – 5.3 million years ago (mya) and continued for about 8.3 million years. Its flattened saber teeth were protected by a bony flange from the lower jaw. It was a saber-toothed cat, but was not a close relative of cats such as Smilodon.

Barbourofelis has been difficult to classify. It was put in the Nimravidae by Schultz (1970) and Martin (1998).

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