Hyenas related to cats?

Ever wonder what dogs and hyenas have in common? Would you be surprised to learn that hyenas are more closely related to cats than dogs? In fact, according to this video thesis, the shared bone-crushing abilities of dogs and hyenas is actually an example of convergent evolution.

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  1. #1 Sir William the Cat
    United States
    July 11, 2013

    Fascinating to know hyenas are more related to me than dogs! Good detective work on their convergent evolution, Dr. Tseng! – Sir William the Cat at http://www.InDefenseofCats.com

  2. #2 Delurked Lurker
    On a pale blue dot suspended in a sunbeam
    July 12, 2013

    I love the 2 minute thesis :)

    Got any more ?

  3. #3 14070147
    Pretoria
    April 27, 2014

    It is pretty mind blowing that a hyena is more related to a cat than a dog. my understanding of convergent evolution is that different organisms evolve similarities, do u think they possible share a common ancestor, not sure how they hyenas’s are are related to humans thought.

  4. #4 14070147
    Pretoria
    April 28, 2014

    Is it possible that the structural similarities between the hyena and wild dog suggest that they once shared the same if not similar geographical habitat. allowing them to adapt to their environment and the ability to crush bones with ease. Imagine if Darwin did not lay down the foundation for evolution big thanks to the man. well done on your findings Dr dolittile

  5. #5 14070147
    May 1, 2014

    It is indeed interesting t know that after many years of interactions with “mans best friends” we are still able to find new information about species that have been around populations for decades.I am interested to know whether a dog and a hyena can now be considered as divergent evolution since a hyena is more closely related to a cat than a dog. Although this topic has raised multiple questions for me i believe it will to what was once high school mandatory studying to real life understanding of the change in organisms around us

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