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Posted 10 July 2012 - 10:59 AM
Skulls shed new light on the evolution of the cat
Modern cats diverged in skull shape from their sabre-toothed ancestors early in their evolutionary history and then followed separate evolutionary trajectories, according to new research from the University of Bristol published today in PLoS ONE.
The study also found that the separation between modern domestic cats and big cats such as lions and tigers is also deeply rooted.
Dr Manabu Sakamoto and Dr Marcello Ruta in the School of Earth Sciences studied the skull shape of extinct sabre-toothed cats, modern (conical-toothed) cats and prehistoric ‘basal’ cats (ancestors of modern cats). This is the first time these three different types of cats have been analysed together in a single dataset.
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:36 PM
Nice article Waspie, thanks for posting.
I was reading on another thread about feral cats in Australia and how after a few generations they become much larger than their domestic cousins, this ties in nicely.
ealdwita, on 10 July 2012 - 04:08 PM, said:
Well, I can't speak for anyone else's moggies, but mine seem to have evolved (not very far) from something fat, lazy, greedy and pretty damn stupid! (Think John Prescott in a fur coat!)
Is your cat called Garfield?
Funny also that you mention 'Two Jags (two cats) Prescott'.
Edited by Junior Chubb, 11 July 2012 - 12:41 PM.
"The Chubb's are a clan of miscreants, a bunch of evildoers, bad eggs and villains. They were formed in the early 17th century when Junior Chubb's Great-great-great-great (etc.) -Grandfather Artemis Chubb (who was also the town drunk) wed with fishwife Mildred Boffle (who was also the town 'lady of the night'). From that day forth, their descendants have caused havoc throughout the world, from Abdul-Hakin Chubb of the UAE and Vladislav Chubb of Russia, to Chang-ying Chubb of China and Alvaro Chubb of Argentina, and of course, the one and only Junior Chubb." - WillSoMysterious 2012
my 2 are decidedly quite intelligent. I have been trained properly
Yes, I was trained properly by my two. You never own a cat - they own you. Or, as a friend of mine says: dogs have owners, but cats have staff....
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The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference"
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