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The Infinite Cat Project
is about one cat watching another (see below).
A long line of
1823 cats, so far. The very first
Infinaut is Frankie,
seen at left admiring a flower. He is (was) the
owner of Paul Hamilton. In addition, the ICP also offers all KINDs
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If you'd like to add
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just take a picture of your kitty watching Cleo, below, and email it
to me. It's just that easy.
24, 2019: "Cats are much like they were when
they were first domesticated. They are very independent
because they had to be to survive." - Dr. Raymond
This is Gus. We found her and her sister in a muddy
bog under a bush five years ago, both crying
for a mama who never returned. Countless
bottle-feedings later and both kittnes grew
to be the sweetest cats in the known universe.
Today Gus died of a rare blood disease and
our hearts are broken, but we take solace in
knowing that, while she was here, she lived
the best five years a cat could ever hope for.
Run free, little lady.
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find a giant cat... in a drawer.
by David Grossman
Larger than a tiger, lion, or polar bear with a skull comparable with
a rhinoceros, this ancient predator cat, known as Simbakubwa kutokaafrika,
wasn't discovered in the field—but in a long-neglected museum drawer.
Paleontologists Nancy Stevens and Matthew Borths at Ohio University discovered
the new species of large meat-eating mammal, at the National Museums
of Kenya. They had been previously excavated within the country, and
were "not given a great deal of attention," according to a
press release from Ohio University.
"Opening a museum drawer, we saw a row of gigantic meat-eating teeth,
clearly belonging to a species new to science," says study lead
author Borths in the press statement.
"The most striking feature of Simbakubwa is the size of the specimen," their
study reads. "Based on its massive dentition, the animal was significantly
larger than any modern African terrestrial carnivore." Dentition
refers to the development of teeth, a key element of studying ancient
Using known methods of extrapolating body mass from teeth, scientists
estimate that the big cat weighed approximately 1,308 kilograms, or an
astonishing 2,888 pounds. For comparison, modern adult lions and tigers
weigh approximately 180 kg, or 400 pounds.
giant cat mandibles jaw teeth lion
The Simbakubwa was part of an extinct group of mammals called hyaenodonts, which
were apex predators in Africa for 45 million years after the extinction of the
As in any ecosystem, apex predators had a crucial role in the era known to paleontologists
as the Oligocene, a period of global transition between the world of the dinosaurs,
which had been destroyed an annihilation event, and the modern ecosystems known
today. On the African continent, the Simbakubwa would prevent any herbivore species,
including the earliest primates, from dominating the landscape.
While hyaenodonts lived in various environments across the globe, they went extinct
between 15 to 18 millions ago. Scientists are still unsure of the precise reasons,
but their extinction came at a further moment of change, when their forests began
a transformation into grasslands. Big predator cats can still be found in grasslands
today, though they remain threatened by yet another moment of changing climate.
We don't know exactly what drove hyaenodonts to extinction, but ecosystems were
changing quickly as the global climate became drier," says Borths. "The
gigantic relatives of Simbakubwa were among the last hyaenodonts on the planet."
This is a pivotal fossil, demonstrating the significance of museum collections
for understanding evolutionary history," says Stevens, a co-author of the
study. "Simbakubwa is a window into a bygone era. As ecosystems shifted,
a key predator disappeared, heralding Cenozoic faunal transitions that eventually
led to the evolution of the modern African fauna."
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The following is
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of listing the names
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It's not a perfect system, as those of you of Polish descent
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