This is an incomplete list of extinct animals of North America.This list covers only extinctions from the Holocene epoch, a geological period that extends from the present day back to about 10,000 radiocarbon years, approximately 11,430 ± 130 calendar years BP (between 9560 and 9300 BC). Smilodon lived in the Americas during the Pleistocene epoch (2.5 mya – 10,000 years ago).
Thus, it is also found in parts of Central America. The Cougar or Mountain Lion ranges from the Yukon down the western part of the continent to the southern tip of South America. The Puma yagouaroundi is a cat species whose range stretches from the southern part of North America to South America. North American Cats There are three recognized North American cats, although some of them range further into Central or South America. Black panther, a big cat (of any species, but most commonly a jaguar or a leopard) whose coloration is entirely black. This may have originated from the Latin name Panthera for the big cats and was probably shortened from Black Panthera to Black Panther. Often called the largest cat of all times, the American lion or Panthera atrox, is probably the best known of all prehistoric cats after Smilodon. The Cougar, or Puma as it is more usually known in South America, ranges from the Yukon in northern Canada to the southern tip of the South American continent. The cat prefers to inhabit lowland brush areas with flowing water source. The Central and South American wild cat family consists of nine small wild cat species. It lived in both North and South America (from Alaska to Peru) during the Pleistocene epoch, and went extinct 11,000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age. Click on the names below the photos to read our South American cats fact sheets. Black panther may refer to: Animals. Smilodon is a genus of the extinct machairodont subfamily of the felids.It is one of the most famous prehistoric mammals and the best known saber-toothed cat.Although commonly known as the saber-toothed tiger, it was not closely related to the tiger or other modern cats. Occasionally, these animals have been spotted at higher elevations up to 3,200 m.