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Temporal range: Late Miocene
A life restoration of Yoshi garrevskii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Machairodontinae
Tribe: Metailurini
Genus: Yoshi
Spassov and Geraads, 2014
Referred species
  • Yoshi garrevskii (Spassov and Geraads, 2014)
  • Yoshi minor (Zdansky, 1924)

Yoshi is an extinct genus of machairodontine felid in the tribe Metailurini. Its fossils were described from Turolian deposits from the Miocene epoch of the Balkan Peninsula in 2014 and specimens from china once thought to belong to Metailurus. It has been described as potentially being synonymous with Metailurus, though this is difficult to confirm at present. The type specimen is a skull that bears remarkable similarities with the modern cheetah. Yoshi is intermediate in size between a lynx and cougar, and based on several as-yet unpublished skeletons, may have had a similar lifestyle to the cheetah, being better built for speed and fast pursuit than most other machairodontines, which were more suited to ambush and hunting large, relatively slow moving animals.