Machairodus kabir n. sp., described here, comes from the Late Miocene hominid locality of TM 266, Toros-Menalla, Chad. This species is more derived than the previously described Machairodus in having a more developed mental apophysis and more reduced premolars relatively to m1. Machairodus kabir n. sp. is the largest mammalian predator from the Toros-Menalla fossiliferous area, with an estimated body mass reaching 350-490 kg, which certainly allowed this felid to prey on large herbivores present at Toros-Menalla.
Chad, Toros-Menalla, Late Miocene, Felidae, Machairodontinae, Machairodus