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The Evolution of Cats: 1. Why A Cat?

Experts say that when dogs first evolved, they lived in trees and looked something like a civet. (Rose)

It’s true that cats evolved later than dogs, but when they first appeared they looked a lot like modern cats.  And long before the first true cat evolved, fully developed cat-like nimravids bounded onto the scene.

Fossils from those early days are rare, so nobody knows how nimravids developed, but ever since then that beautiful feline shape has prowled the forests and plains of Earth.

This story also has a human side.

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