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Extinct American Cheetahs (Miracinonyx spp.) Fact Sheet: Bibliography & Resources


Anderson, E. Who's who in the Pleistocene: a mammalian bestiary. In P. Martin and R. Klein (eds) Quaternary Extinctions. University of Tucson Press. pp. 59-60.

Barnett, R., I. Barnes, M. Phillips, L. Martin, C. Harrington, J. Leonard, A. Cooper, 2005. Evolution of the extinct sabretooths and the American cheetah like cat. Current Biology 15(15):R589-R590

Christiansen, P. 2007. Comparative bite forces and canine bending strength in feline and sabretooth felids: implications for predatory ecology. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Vol. 151(2): 423-437.

Christiansen, P. and J.H. Mazak 2009. A primitive Late Pliocene cheetah, and evolution of the cheetah lineage. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106(2):512-515.

Hodnett, P, J. Mead. R. White, M. Carpenter 2010. Miracinonyx trumani (Carnivora:Felidae) from the Rancholabrean of the Grand Canyon, Arizona and its implications for the ecology of the "American cheetah". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Abstract In Press

Johnson, W., Eizirik, E., Pecon-Slattery, J., Murphy, W., Antunes, A., Teeling, E. & O"Brian, S., 2006. The Late Miocene radiation of modern Felidae: A genetic assessment. Science 311: 73-77.

Kurtén B. 1976. Fossil puma (Mammalia: Felidae) in North America. Netherlands Journal of Zoology 26:502-534.

Kurtén, B., and E. Anderson, 1980. Pleistocene Mammals of North America. Columbia University Press: New York.

Martin, L.., B.M. Gilbert, D. Adams 1977. A cheetah-like cat in the North American Pleistocene. Science 195:4282 pp. 961-982.

Martin, L.D., B.M. Gilbert, S.A. Chomko 1979. Dicrostonyx (Rodentia) from the Late Pleistocene of Northern Wyoming. Journal of Mammalogy 60(1):193-195.

Menotti-Raymond, M. and S.J. O'Brien 1993. Dating the genetic bottleneck of the African cheetah (DNA fingerprint/mtDNA). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Genetics. 90:3172-3176.

Merriman, J. and C. Stock, 1932. The Felidae of Rancho La Brea. Carnegie Institute of Washington. Publication 4: 1-231.

Rothschild, B. and L. Martin, 2003. Frequency of pathology in a large natural sample from Natural Trap Cave with special remarks on erosive disease in the Pleistocene. Reumatismo. 55(1):58-65. (

McKenna, M. and S. Bell, 1997. Classification of mammals above the species level. Columbia University Press, New York. pp. 230-235

Meachen-Samuels, J. and W. Binder. Sexual dimorphism and ontogenetic growth in the American lion and sabertoothed cat from Rancho La Brea. Journal of Zoology280(3):271-279.

Shaw, C. and S. Cox, 2006. The large carnivorans: wolves, bears, and big cats. In Jefferson, G. and L. Lindsay (eds), Fossil treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert: the last seven million years. pp. 187-188.

Turner, A., 1997. The big cats and their fossil relatives. Columbia University Press, New York. pp. 57-58

Van Valkenburgh, B. and F. Hertel, 1993. Tough times at La Brea: tooth breakage in large carnivores of the Late Pleistocene. Science, New Series, 261(5120) 456-459.

Van Valkenburgh, B. and T. Sacco, 2002. Sexual dimorphism, social behavior and intrasexual competition in large Pleistocene carnivorans. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 22(1):164-169

Van Valkenburgh, B., M. Teaford, A. Walker, 1990. Molar microwear and diet in large carnivores: inferences concerning diet in the sabretooth cat, Smilodon fatalis. Journal of Zoology, London 222: 319-340

Wozencraft, W.C., 2005. Order Carnivora. In: Wilson, D. and D. Reeder (eds) Mammal species of the world. a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press. 3rd edition.

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