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Dinaelurus crassus by viergacht Dinaelurus crassus by viergacht
More prehistoric mammalian carnivores: [link]

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: [link]
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HyenasWolfetas Oct 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Do Smilidon next if you haven't done it already
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:iconkalaharimeerkatfan:
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 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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:iconkalaharimeerkatfan:
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 Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
They're not real because the author says so? 
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:iconberrii-blossom:
woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!
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Michelle56 Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like Ratha!
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:iconjflaxman:
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 Feb 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
It might know where a tasty oreodont is hiding.
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Svenimal Jul 28, 2011   Photographer
Just saw this! Very wow :) And happy to have inspired you!
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