Name Dinofelis
Order Carnivora
Order Carnivora
Suborder Feliformia
Family Felidae
Class Mammalia
Name Translation Terrible feline
Period Pliocene to Pleistocene epochs
Location Worldwide
Diet Carnivore
Length 70 centimetres tall

Dinofelis is a genus of sabre toothed cat which lived throughout the Pliocene to Pleistocene epochs worldwide.


Dinofelis hunted animals including mammoth calves, young and old mastodons, hominids like Homo habilis and other animals.


  • Dinofelis aronoki: It lived in Villafranchian and Biharian stage in Kenya and Ethiopia. Recently split from D. barlowi.
  • Dinofelis barlowi: It lived from the late Miocene to the early Pleistocene. Geographically, it could be found in Europe, North America, but mainly in Africa. It was 70 cm high and 1 m long, probably the smallest species of Dinofelis.
  • Dinofelis cristata: It was found in China. (Includes D. abeli.)
  • Dinofelis darti: It lived in South Africa during the Villafranchian stage.
  • Dinofelis diastemata: Europe
  • Dinofelis paleoonca: North America
  • Dinofelis petteri: East Africa
  • Dinofelis piveteaui: South Africa
  • Dinofelis sp. "Langebaanweg"
  • Dinofelis sp. "Lothagam"