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25 Mar 2012

The First Cat - Proailurus


The evolution of mammalian carnivores is a complicated affair, since dogs, cats, bears, hyenas and even weasels all share a common ancestor (and some other fearsome meat-eating mammals, like the creodonts, went extinct millions of years ago). For now, paleontologists believe that the earliest common ancestor of modern cats, including tabbies and tigers, was the late Oligocene Proailurus ("before the cats"). Somewhat oddly given the usual evolutionary trends, Proailurus was respectably sized, about two feet long from head to tail and weighing in the neighborhood of 20 pounds.

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