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Leopard 1 – Crocodile 0

Full sequence of leopard taking out a crocodile at Kruger NP is here. Om nom nom nom.

The fox at the end of the garden

My mother – who lives five miles from the center of Dublin – has a red fox Vulpes vulpes living at the end of her garden (much to the delight of her grandchildren). On the day these photos were taken, the little blighter emerged from the hedges around 9 am and stayed out sunning himself…

Monday Mustelid #19

Tayra, Eira barbara L. [source]

Monday Mustelid #17

Ratel, Mellivora capensis Schreber 1776

Two-month old black Jaguar cub born in captivity at the Huachipa zoo in Lima, Peru. (click for larger version) photo source: AP Photo/Martin Mejia/Scanpix hat-tip: Green Expander.

Monday Mustelid #15 (and #16!)

Burmese Ferret Badger, Melogale personata Saint-Hillaire 1831 Chinese Ferret Badger, Melogale moschata Gray 1831 There are two further putative species of ferret badger for which I’m unable to find suitable images: Everett’s ferret badger (Melogale everetti Thomas 1895) and the Javan ferret badger (Melogale orientalis Horsfield 1821). The genus is in need of a good…

Monday Mustelid #14

Eurasian badger Meles meles L.Click for big version – they’re cute. Way cute

More on those cats

Readers who saw my post yesterday about cat domestication may be interested to see that Greg Laden has posted on the paper. Greg’s view is that "[t]he conclusion the authors draw about cat origins is very weak … but the information this study provides about cat breed genetics is excellent and will be of value…

I can haz domesticashun?

A recently published study has used microsatelite markers to discover that domesticated cats originated in the Middle East, a finding that reinforces earlier archeological research. The abstract reads: The diaspora of the modern cat was traced with microsatellite markers from the presumed site of domestication to distant regions of the world. Genetic data were derived…

By way of GrrlScientist, I notice that Fieldiana (the journal of the Field Museum is now freely available online. This means that DD Davis’ classic study “The giant panda: a morphological study of evolutionary mechanisms” of 1964 can now be enjoyed by one and all. Over three hundred pages, detailing everything you’d want to know…