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Creature information
Name meaning : Terrible Cat
Time period : Early Pliocene-Early Pleistocene
Primary diet : Carnivore
In the programmes
Fatalities caused : One Australopithecus
Appearances : Walking with Beasts (Next of Kin)
Walking with Cavemen (Blood Brothers)
In the books
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Dinofelis stalking in tall grass of prehistoric Africa.(Next of Kin)

Dinofelis is a prehistoric cat featured in Impossible Pictures, and it was one of the earlier, now-extinct cats with saber teeth. It lived during the Pliocene epoch.

FactsEdit

Dinofelis was a medium-sized, but powerful, cat that possessed short, but prominent saber teeth.
Dinofelis Walking with Beasts
 They were more short, broad and flat than the sabres of the much bigger and better known Smilodon, and less prone to breaking. As a consequence, Dinofelis was a solitary hunter, often running down its prey in a manner similar to modern pantherine cats (such as tigers and leopards) before delivering the killing blow.

Regardless, Dinofelis wasn't a relative of the modern cats or Smilodon, but belonged to a completely different branch of the feline family. It lived in forests and open woodlands. It was a lone hunter, and would stalk its prey carefully before pouncing and swiftly killing it with its sharp claws. The front limbs of Dinofelis were particularly strong and muscular, allowing it to deliver debilitating strikes with its claws, and also to pin struggling prey to the ground. Its short sabre-teeth could have been used to help deliver fatal wounds, especially to the neck region. The favorite prey of Dinofelis were large mammals, such as antelope, pigs, horses, baboons and Australopithecus aferensis. It was not a fast runner, so would spend most of its time stalking its victims before making a sudden leap.

In Walking with... seriesEdit

Walking with BeastEdit

Next of KinEdit

Dinofelis appears in episode 4 of Walking with Beasts, (Next of Kin), where it stalks and kills one Australopithecus.
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Dinofelis with a dead Australopithecus.

It later returns to menace the same group, but they assemble and collaboratively chase it away by throwing stones.

Walking with CavemenEdit

Blood BrothersEdit

Dinofelis appears briefly in Walking with Cavemen, being stated as one of the species that will go extinct along with Paranthropus boisei, although WWC reuses clips form Walking with Beasts, and makes no new animations.

Appearances in Other MediaEdit

Monsters we MetEdit

Stock footage of Dinofelis' appearance in WWB was reused in Monsters we Met. Template:Walking with Beasts Creatures

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