|Named By:||Miklos Kretzoi in 1938|
|Time Period:||Middle Miocene-Late Miocene|
|Location:||Across Africa and Asia with countries including Algeria, China, Ethiopia, Libya, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey|
|Size:||Around 1.5 meters long|
|Fossil(s):||Multiple specimens though often of partial remains|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Mammalia | Carnivora | Percrocutidae ||
Percrocuta is an extinct genus of hyena-like feliform carnivores. It lived in Europe, Asia, and Africa, during the Miocene epoch.
With a maximum length of 1.50 m (5 ft), Percrocuta was much bigger than its modern relatives, but smaller than a female lion. Like the spotted hyena, Percrocuta had a robust skull and powerful jaws. Similar to modern hyenids, its hind legs were shorter than the front legs, resulting in a characteristic sloping back.
Percrocuta was introduced as a genus of Percrocutidae in 1938. Percrocuta's relation to the family Hyaenidae was debated until 1985, when Percrocuta, Dinocrocuta, Belbus, and Allohyaena were accepted as the four genera of Percrocutidae.