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New Species Of Big Cat Discovered In Tibet Fills Evolutionary Gap
2013-11-13 08:21:19

[ Watch the Video: Fossil Skull Of Ancient Big Cat Unearthed In Tibet ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The evolution of big cats has been nearly as mysterious as the cats themselves, but a new discovery will likely lead anthropologists to a better understanding of when and where big cats originated. During a 2010 paleontological dig in Tibet, a husband-and-wife team who were part of a larger expedition discovered the fossilized partial remains of what...

British Isles Was Home To Exotic Big Cat Over A Century Ago
2013-04-25 14:36:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Historical Biology say they have proved that a big cat once prowled the British countryside. A mysterious animal in a museum's underground storeroom helped the team prove that a non-native "big cat" roamed around the British countryside a century ago. The scientists analyzed the animal's skeleton and mounted skin and found that it was a Canadian lynx, which is a carnivorous predator more than...

Cheetah's Unique Coat Linked To Genetic Mutation
2012-09-21 05:17:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cat enthusiasts can tell you all about the myriad of coat patterns that can be found on domestic cats and their larger, wild cousins. From cheetahs to tigers to snow leopards, wild cats have distinctive patterns of light and dark fur, forming spots, stripes, swirls, blotches, marbles and rosettes. A research team led by Stanford University has unlocked the biological secret behind a rare, striped cheetah found only in sub-Saharan...

Prehistoric Toothy Predators Had Beefier Arm Bones
2012-01-04 10:51:55

[ Watch the Video ] The combination of colossal canines and forceful forelimbs arose repeatedly over time, says a new study The toothiest prehistoric predators also had beefier arm bones, finds a new fossil study. Sabertooth tigers may come to mind, but these extinct cats weren't the only animals with fearsome fangs. Take the false sabertooth cats – also known as nimravids – and their catlike cousins, a family of carnivores called the Barbourofelidae. Both of these...

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2010-10-20 09:50:00

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's short story "How the Leopard Got His Spots," researchers from the University of Bristol investigated the markings of a vast array of wild cats in an attempt to determine exactly what caused the felines to develop their patterns. According to a university press release dated October 19, Dr. Will Allen of the university's School of Experimental Psychology and his colleagues "investigated the flank markings of 35 species of wild cats to understand what drives the...

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2010-07-05 06:20:00

X-ray analysis reveals that saber-tooth forelimbs were exceptionally strong compared to their feline cousins Saber-toothed cats may be best known for their supersized canines, but they also had exceptionally strong forelimbs for pinning prey before delivering the fatal bite, says a new study in the journal PLoS ONE. Commonly called the "saber-toothed tiger," the extinct cat Smilodon fatalis roamed North and South America until 10,000 years ago, preying on large mammals such as bison, camels,...

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2008-11-19 15:03:13

Researchers have discovered the fossilized leg bone of a saber-toothed cat that lived near the UK coast between one and two million years ago. Paleontologist Dick Mol said the fossil belonged to a type of saber-tooth called a scimitar cat that weighted about 881lbs. The recent discovery marks the first time a fossil of this species has been uncovered in the North Sea. Researchers regularly come across fossils from common extinct beasts such as the mammoth from the sea. Beam trawlers use...

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2008-08-18 09:20:00

Images of a clouded leopard spotted in Borneo's Sebangua National Park have researchers scratching their heads, since cats have not been caught there before. Researchers say motion-activated cameras have captured amazing images of the leopards' presence, which they say proves the need to protect the region's habitat. The National Park is one of the world's largest deep peat-swap forests. However, it's at risk from illegal logging and forest fires. The recorded images are helping a team of...

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2008-07-31 10:35:00

In a new study published in the online-open access journal PLoS ONE, Per Christiansen at the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, reports the finding that the evolution of skull and mandible shape in sabercats and modern cats were governed by different selective forces, and the two groups evolved very different adaptations to killing. The cat family comprises some of the most specialized carnivores in the history of mammals, all exclusively eating flesh. The cat family consists of two...

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2007-06-28 15:00:00

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID WASHINGTON - Garfield, Morris and the Aristocats get the fame, but look to the origins of today's furry felines and you find "lybica," a Middle Eastern wildcat. Domestic cats can be traced to wild progenitors that interbred well over 100,000 years ago, new research indicates. "House cats - which includes fancy breeds and feral cats - those cats all form a genetic group that is virtually indistinguishable from ones in the Middle East," said Stephen J. O'Brien of the...


Latest Felidae Reference Libraries

Asiatic Linsang, Prionodon
2013-05-17 11:20:07

The Asiatic linsang (Prionodon) is a genus that contains two species of linsangs, and it is the only genus in the Prionodontidae family. The two species, the banded linsang and the spotted linsang, were previously classified in the Viverrinae subfamily, but studies have shown that they differed enough to warrant their own distinct classification. Despite their extreme resemblance to members of the Felidae family, they are not as closely related to genets as African linsangs. The term linsang...

Sunda Clouded Leopard
2013-04-29 15:05:58

The Sunda clouded leopard or the Sundaland clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) is wildcat that can be found in Sumatra and Borneo. Its preferred habitat in Borneo occurs in lowland rainforests and possibly logged forests at an elevation below 4,900 feet. In Sumatra, it occurs in montane forests with abundant hills. There is not much information recorded about the Sunda leopard, because it is too elusive to study, but it is thought to be a solitary creature that hunts on the ground and uses...

Andean Mountain Cat, Leopardus jacobita
2012-11-16 14:59:32

The Andean mountain cat (Leopardus jacobita) is a rarely seen wild cat that can be found in Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina. This cat shares a range with the Pampas cat, and it is thought to be thinly spread, with low genetic diversity. It prefers a habitat in montane forests with plenty of water, at elevations between 11,500 and 15,700 feet. The Andean mountain cat is small, reaching an average body length between twenty-two and twenty-five inches, with a tail length of up to nineteen...

Acinonyx Kurteni
2012-10-27 17:20:10

Acinonyx kurteni is an extinct, carnivorous species classified in the Felidae family. This cat was native to Asia in the Late Pliocene, around 2.5 million years ago. It was first described in 2008, and is the most primitive species of cheetah known. Its discovery defends the modern cheetah’s Old World origin. There are some differences between the two species, but these are mainly in the mouth area. Since its classification and formal description, some have asserted that the Acinonyx...

American Lion, Panthera leo atrox or P. atrox
2012-04-26 06:05:05

The American lion (Panthera leo atrox or P. atrox) is also known as the North American lion, American cave lion, or Naegele’s giant jaguar. It is an extinct species that was native to North America and the northwestern parts of South America during the Pleistocene era. It lived up to eleven thousand years ago. During the last interglacial period in North America (the Sangamonian Stage), the American lion’s range included the Americas south of Alaska. The earliest fossils of these big cats...

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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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