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Dinaelurus crassus by Viergacht Dinaelurus crassus by Viergacht
More prehistoric mammalian carnivores: ars-fatalis.deviantart.com/

Although they looked very feline, Dinaelurus was in fact a nimravid, a family that shared a common ancestor with cats. Some nimravids developed large saber-toothed forms but weren't closely related to true sabertooths like Smilodon. This is also the ancestor of Clare Bell's Named species! They had smaller fangs, a short muzzle and rounded forehead more like modern cheetahs.

This was heavily inspired by this wonderful photo of a Golden cat by Svenimal: svenimal.deviantart.com/art/Go…

Commission info: Commissions by Viergacht
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AntFingers Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
So, similar to thylacosmilus? Total convergent evolution?
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Viergacht Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
It was a pretty basic feline of the times  - no relation to thylacosmilus, which was a marsupial. 
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AntFingers Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
I understand that, i know that thylaco- is used in marsupial predators. But I mean evolving to fill a niche almost identical to another animal, even starting to look like another genus?
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Viergacht Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
I don't think so. Thylacos were probably ambush predators and Dinaelurus had slim body proportions more like a cheetah. 
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AntFingers Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Ah, I get it!
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HyenasWolfetas Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Do Smilidon next if you haven't done it already
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Oh...so this is the breed. Are these prehistoric cheetahs since I kept thinking that the Ratha cats are so cheetah like, especially when Thakur did a chase that a normal cheetah does (swerving to catch its prey).
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welp, it's an imaginary species - they are cheetah-like, but what they are related to are a catlike animal called Nimravus. 
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Who says they can't be real? Or a subspecies? Of course they don't talk and I doubted if they lived in clans and such, but she does well with them and I grown pleased to know what they are in some context. My newest Shapeshifter shifts into a Dinaelurus (one of the real species of course).
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
They're not real because the author says so? 
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Berrii-Blossom Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist
woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!
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Michelle56 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like Ratha!
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Beautiful work as usual. I especially like the way this nimravid is looking at the viewer. Does it know something that we don't?
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
It might know where a tasty oreodont is hiding.
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Svenimal Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011   Photographer
Just saw this! Very wow :) And happy to have inspired you!
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skedios Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
the detail is amazing
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JustaSuta Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student General Artist
I like the texture that it gives.
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zananeichan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Has a lovely face, cats always give me the impression they are always smiling :-)
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macgobhain Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
thank God somebody finally painted a good picture of a nimravid! lol
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Heh, they're pretty catlike so it wasn't too hard.
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beachelf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
:clap: :clap: :clap: Bravo! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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YumikoH Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful painting! There are so many details on the fur, awesome job :D
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