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The Late Miocene (also known as Upper Miocene) is a sub-epoch of the Miocene Epoch made up of two stages. The Tortonian and Messinian stages comprise the Late Miocene sub-epoch.

The sub-epoch lasted from 11.63 Ma (million years ago) to 5.333 Ma. The Late Miocene Period was when the Australian and Central African species, respectively, Thylacinus potens and Amphimachairodus kabir,[1] lived.


  1. ^ Peignéa, Stéphane; Louis de Bonisa; Andossa Likiusb; Hassane Taïsso Mackayeb; Patrick Vignauda; Michel Bruneta (2005). "A new machairodontine (Carnivora, Felidae) from the Late Miocene hominid locality of TM 266, Toros-Menalla, Chad". Comptes Rendus Palevol. 4 (3): 243–253. doi:10.1016/j.crpv.2004.10.002.

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