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"Tigers are just a big domestic cat,"

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 03:11 PM

International scientists have mapped the genomes of the tiger, lion and snow leopard, in conservation efforts to protect endangered species.

The research give clues to how big cats evolved to become top predators with superior muscle strength and a carnivorous diet.

The tiger shares 96% of its genes with the house cat, the study in Nature Communications reveals.

Until now, the only cat to have its DNA mapped was the domestic one.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-24117279

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