Palmqvist (2002) has criticized our attribution of the mandibular ramus of Megantereon from South Turkwel, Turkana Basin, Kenya, to a new species, M. ekidoit (Werdelin and Lewis, 2000), suggesting instead that it “unequivocally” belongs to the African species M. whitei. We believe that this criticism stems from a misunderstanding of our statements and from an erroneous view of variability within Megantereon. In this reply we shall address Palmqvist's criticisms, showing that M. ekidoit is not synonymous with M. whitei, and also that the specific attribution of various Megantereon specimens is not as clear cut as...

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