Field of Science

Cheetah and Puma not sisters

My favorite animal of all has just had its origin moved from America to Asia. A well preserved skull of a ~2.35 million year old cheetah has just been unearthed in China, and that old age suggests that the cheetah is not so closely related to the puma.

I took this picture in San Diego Zoo. Ain't it a beaut?

Here's a picture of a San Diego Zoo puma I took while it was stalking its preferred prey: my two-year old boy, Bjarke.


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