Heavier than a modern lion, these big cats were fearsome predators.
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Researchers are analyzing the fossil cranium of a Smilodon fatalis that lived more than 13,000 years ago to learn more about the lifestyle of this iconic big cat.
Diegoalerus was probably around the size of a bobcat.
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The first sabre-toothed cat-like predator was not much larger than a bobcat, but it had long teeth and a strong jaw to cut through thick skin.
As the pandemic winds down, continual surveillance of wild animals is vital to ensure that it doesn’t switch to another sphere of life.
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A growing body of research shows that COVID-19 protocols should be extended to areas in which there is a human-animal interface such as zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and game farms.
One in 200 jaguars are likely to be affected by dams, versus one in five tigers.
Presenting accounts of technological success in captive lion breeding against the backdrop of rapidly diminishing wildlife loss lets humans off the hook too easily.
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India’s last cheetah was killed 70 years ago. Should the country import a different subspecies from Namibia?
A tiger’s vertical stripes help it blend in with trees and grasses in its homelands in Asia.
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How do tigers – a top predator – successfully hunt their prey when they have bright orange fur? The secret’s in their stripes!
Spotting tigers in the wild is a difficult task.
An exhaustive search involving 44,000 field staff, 318,000 habitat surveys and nearly 35 million photos has revealed India’s tiger population is on the rise.
A tigress in the Indian state of Maharashtra, where Avni also lived and died.
Sightings of big cats in India’s backyards are only set to grow as climate change breaks down the boundaries between humans and animals.
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The slaughtered tigers were not bred in zoos, yet their story should put captive breeding in general into question.
Lionesses with cubs in Etosha National Park.
The life-or-death drama of the lion pride will captivate viewers, but the show may not go on without funding to conserve these species.
Even leopards get stressed sometimes.
A new way for leopard biologists to monitor this elusive and iconic species has been developed.
From its origin in the early 19th century, lion taming has elicited both awe and horror.
Spotted en route to Tesco?
The recent escape of Lilith the Lynx has got people wondering – and the truth is out there.
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Humans tend to associate cats purring with happiness, but in turns out they also purr when in pain, hungry and alone.
Did Puss in Boots have it all wrong?
Cats evolved in hot desert regions where there were lots of small animals to eat. So they evolved feet that are perfect for pouncing on prey, climbing, scratching and jumping from great heights.
A cat, but not a lynx.
A big cat is apparently lurking in the countryside near Disneyland, Paris. After reports of a tiger on the loose, 200 police and military officers backed up by a helicopter, and a special “wolfcatcher…
When is a cat not a cat?
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A cat is, of course, a cat. Lions are cats too, as are leopards, lynxes and so on – the “Felidae” family contains 41 species in total. But what about other closely related species such as hyenas or mongooses…
Cougars may have survived the mass extinction that occurred 12,000 years ago because they had a diverse diet, unlike the…
I’ve put on a bit of weight in the last 4 million years, obviously.
The fossil record of early humans is punctuated by gaps, voids in our understanding of all the transitions from the common ancestor of humans and other apes to modern day Homo sapiens. While working in…