Extinct American cheetah, Miracinonyx spp.
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Describer: Cope 1895 (Miracinonyx inexpectatus)
Species: Miracinonyx inexpectatus
Estimated Body Weight: 70 kg (156 lb)
Head/Body Length: 170 cm (5.6 ft)
Tail Length: 92 cm (3 ft)
Height at Shoulder: 85 cm (33 in)
|Distribution & Status||Behavior & Ecology|
Range: Continental U.S., northern Mexico
Habitat: Coastal savannah, mountain valleys and rocky slopes
Locomotion: Slightly shorter, more robust lower leg bones than modern cheetah (not as fast running); better suited for short bursts of speed, climbing
Activity Cycle: Unknown
Social Groups: Unnown
Diet: Medium sized ungulates such as pronghorn, mountain sheep, mountain goats
Predators: Possibly American lion and Smilodon.
|Reproduction & Development||Species Highlights|
|Longevity: Unknown; probably similar to modern cheetah - maximum about 14 years.||
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