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  Proailurus
Proailurus was a prehistoric cat that lived in Europe approximately 30-20 million years ago.
Proailurus was a compact animal, just a little larger than the domestic cat, weighing about 20 lbs (9 kg).
The latter is an ancestor of Smilodon, better known as the sabertooth cat or sabertooth tiger.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/pr/Proailurus.html   (118 words)

  
 Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Cat
For example lions, tigers, jaguars and the like are often referred to as the big cats.
All cats today, domestic and big, probably descended from an animal called Proailurus, which lived in Europe until about 20 million years ago.
The cat was first domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians in 3000 BC, to keep mice and rats away from their grain stores.
www.kids.net.au /encyclopedia-wiki/ca/Cat   (996 words)

  
 Proailurus -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Proailurus was a prehistoric (Feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and being unable to roar; domestic cats; wildcats) cat that lived in Europe approximately 30-20 million years ago.
It is an ancestor of today's (A household servant) domestic and (Any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild) big cats.
Other branches of the feline family tree originating with Proailurus gave rise to (Click link for more info and facts about Dinofelis) Dinofelis and (Click link for more info and facts about Machairodus) Machairodus.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/p/pr/proailurus.htm   (215 words)

  
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This first cat, called Proailurus lemanensis (which translates to "Leman's Dawn Cat") was near the size of modern house cats and is speculated to have primarly hunted in trees, and spent little time on the forest floor.
A female Proailurus lemanensis, dinning contently on a early deer-like mammal while her kittens entertain themselves among the branches.
Proailurus evolved from a early member of the Feliformia which may have resembled something like the modern Madagascar fossa.
geology.wcedu.pima.edu /~jhodnett/FossilCATS/Hodnett.html   (2260 words)

  
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Proailurus was a small weasel-like cat with relatively short legs and a long body.
Pseudaelurus lorteti was about the size of a large lynx while P validus was the size of a large lynx or small puma.
Proailurus, a descendent of the miacids, evolved into Pseudaelurus, which split into two main groups, one of which became the modern cats (Neofelids), and one became the Machairodonts (true sabre-toothed cats, a sub-family of the Felidae).
www.fossilworld.co.kr /shop_/view.asp?g_code=2184   (1666 words)

  
 Lioncrusher's Domain -- Felidae
Proailurus was a small cat, and had a body structure more like a miacid than a modern cat, with shorter legs and a long body.
About 20 mya, Proailurus gave rise to Pseudaelurus, which split into two major groups, one of which evolved into the Machairodontinae subfamily (the true sabre-tooth cats), and the other evolved into Schizailurus, which is the ancestor of all modern Felidae species.
Some believe that certain branches of Nimravidae evolved to give rise to Proailurus, but this is not the case.
www.lioncrusher.com /family.asp?family=Felidae   (4223 words)

  
 BigCats.com Survey : Do you accept the theory that all cat species evolved through adaptation from a single cat species?
Based on the fossil evidence currently available, the most widely accepted scientific theory on cat evolution is that Proailurus is the ancestor for all cats, those living and those extinct.
Proailurus and Pseudaelurus may not have been the only cats from those time perioed, but they are the only fossils that we have.
However, DNA comparison does show that all extant (still in existence; not extinct) cats are related to each other and that they do have a common ancestor.
www.bigcats.com /survey_cat_evolution_theory_10292005.php   (236 words)

  
 Proailurus Information
Proailurus was a prehistoric feline that lived in Europe approximately 30-20 million years ago.
The latter is an ancestor of Smilodon, incorrectly known as the saber-toothed cat (because there are more saber-toothed "cats") or saber-toothed tiger (because it is not a tiger).
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www.bookrags.com /wiki/Proailurus   (137 words)

  
 Carnivores (Talk.Origins) - CreationWiki, the encyclopedia of creation science   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The refference to "cat-like traits" suggests that it could be a variety of cat, but there is no way of be certain.
However given the fact that the true cats Dinictis and Hoplophoneus would predate Proailurus julieni by at 10-13 million years removes it from being a cat ancestor.
Proailurus lemanensis was clearly a variety of cat, even Talk Origins calls it a true cat.
creationwiki.org /(Talk.Origins)_Carnivores   (2192 words)

  
 The Beginning of Cat History
For what Paleontologists could tell, the modern day felines evolved rapidle within the past 12 million years.
The earilist known cat- Proailurus lived about 30 million years ago, the size of a small bobcat.
Proailurus Lemanensis was found in french deposits with dates around 30 ma.
members.tripod.com /~whitestarsship/cathistory/tobegin.html   (251 words)

  
 Sabertooth's Pride
They are also referred to as Scimitar Cats.
These modern Fossas resemble Proailurus, the first true cat.
PROAILURUS - The first true cat, ancestor of the scimitar and sabertooth cats.
groups.msn.com /SabertoothsPride/theprimordials.msnw   (500 words)

  
 Evolution of hypercarnivory: the effect of specialization on morphological and taxonomic diversity Paleobiology - Find ...
Because our intent was to assign each specimen to a specific degree of specialization within hypercarnivores overall, some sense of relative position in space of each specimen was necessary.
These taxa have distinct specializations (hyena = bone) or known, degrees of development relative to each other (Proailurus [arrow right] Pseudaelurus [arrow right] Felis) (Radinsky 1982; Ginsburg 1983; Hunt 1998), and were used as identifiers to provide reference (positional) information for the remaining taxa.
This enabled us to determine the appropriate number of levels and to assign the remaining specimens to levels on the basis of clustering and spacing around these reference taxa.
findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa4067/is_200401/ai_n9407777/pg_10   (687 words)

  
 Mammals of the Pleistocene   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Noefelids (true cats) are first seen in the early Miocene where Proailurus is found.
Various types of cats evolved from Proailurus including Smilodon and the other sabre-toothed cats.
There was also another family of carnivores that was cat-like in appearance, known as the Paleofelids (false cats).
hoopermuseum.earthsci.carleton.ca /PleistoceneWebsite/smilodon04.htm   (129 words)

  
 History of the Scottish wildcat and feline family from the Scottish Wildcat Association
Proailurus first appeared in the European forests, larger than a miacid it had even more specialised teeth and fully retractable claws enabling it to hunt on the forest floor whilst keeping it's claws razor sharp for climbing and killing.
It retained superb climbing skills, balance and the ability to always land on it's feet; proailurus literally means first cat.
Proailurus spawned a range of cats both large and small that spread across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas via a land bridge, constantly evolving new species to deal with each new terrain and prey encountered.
www.scottishwildcats.co.uk /history.html   (2069 words)

  
 Lions and Big Cats - Sabre-Toothed Cats
One variety of Nimravid, Barbourofelis fricki (15-7 Ma), was a lion-sized 'cat' which had the most highly developed canines of all the sabre-toothed species.
The earliest true cats arose some 30 Ma (Proailurus, living in Europe), and in the Americas the oldest fossil dates from 16 Ma (Pseudaelurus).
All the cats mentioned are family Felidae, and the names such as Proailurus are all genus names (like 'Panthera' for the large extant cats).
www.lioncentral.com /sabre.html   (1474 words)

  
 Transitional Vertebrate Fossils FAQ: Part 2A
The genus name is in quotes because, though it was first thought to be in Proailurus, it's now clear that it was a slightly different genus, probably ancestral to Proailurus.
Proailurus lemanensis (early Miocene, 24 Ma) -- Considered the first true cat; had the first really cat-like skull floor, with an ossified bulla.
Ginsburg (in Chaline, 1983) describes gradual change in the early cats, from Haplogale media to Proailurus lemansis, to (in Europe) Pseudaelurus transitorius to Ps.
www.talkorigins.org /faqs/faq-transitional/part2a.html   (4627 words)

  
 crazy_ass_girl: Dont mind this
The Proailurus is considered the first true feline animal.
The Proailurus was a carnivore, that meant it hunted and fed off of meat.
The Proailurus gave rise to Dinofelis and Machairodus, which are other late Tertiary Period felines.
crazy-ass-girl.livejournal.com /17662.html   (899 words)

  
 SOAR Project 2005
Some say that the earliest cat was called Proailurus.
Proailurus is a predator weighing about 20 pounds that lived during the Oligocene era around 25 million years ago.
People think most of its time was spent up in trees taking refuge, hunting small mammals that roamed on the ground.
www.selah.k12.wa.us /SOAR/Projects2005/TaylorDale.html   (3118 words)

  
 AMNH Scientific Publications: Item 2246/2895
The skull, similar to that of the earlier European Proailurus lemanensis, displays a high and thin sagittal crest with prominent nuchal crests.
In the auditory region, the tympanic bulla architecture resembles that of Proailurus and relates to modern felids.
The skeleton includes an articulated manus and pes with an apparently functional first metatarsal bone, hitherto unknown in the genus Pseudaelurus.
digitallibrary.amnh.org /dspace/handle/2246/2895   (219 words)

  
 Why We Do What We Do
Thirty million years ago it would have been difficult to believe that short, elongated, weasel-like and above all, French, proailurus would have spent the next few eons preparing to scratch wooden posts and chase bell-clad mice.
What you may not have known, however, is that the ancient proailurus didn't give cats much in the way of stunning intellect or a resilient constitution.
Sure, they may seem like they're scheming a cunning revolution as they toy pensively with fuzzy trinkets - and they just may be, though we here at IAATCI aren't giving up any secrets - but, what cats really need to live fuzzy, happy lives is something intrinsic we all have plenty to give: love.
itsaboutcats.rescuegroups.org /info/display?PageID=1884   (840 words)

  
 Evolution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The true cats, Noefelids, are not seen until the early Miocene, where Proailurus is found.
From Proailurus various cat genera are known, including the sabre-toothed cat.
There was also another family of carnivores that were similar in appearance to the cat, called the Nimravids.
hoopermuseum.earthsci.carleton.ca /sabretooth/EVOL.HTM   (196 words)

  
 Felidae - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
The oldest known felines (Aelurogale, Eofelis) emerged in the Eocene.
Better known is Proailurus, which lived in the Oligocene and Miocene eras.
During the Miocene it gave way to Pseudaelurus.
www.startsurfing.com /encyclopedia/f/e/l/Feline.html   (317 words)

  
 Cat Family - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Cat Family, common name for all members of a meat-eating (Carnivore) family of mammals, superbly adapted for their typically predatory life.
The earliest-known cat, Proailurus, lived 34 million years ago, but is instantly recognizable as a member of the cat family, Felidae.
Cat Family: ancestor to cats and dogs (illustration)
encarta.msn.com /Cat_Family.html   (267 words)

  
 Black Leopards
All cats can trace their ancestory about 30 millon years back.
The arliest known ancestor is called Proailurus which was as small as a bobcat with slender limbs and a long tail.
Since then cats have evolved differently due to their habitats.
www.freewebs.com /black_leopards/evolution.html   (147 words)

  
 TWD -- Fossil Mammals
A look at the paleontology of the family Felidae (cats), including a number of very good illustrations and a summary of all the fossil data known.
The cat family has a long and rich fossil record, from the small and primitive Proailurus to the better-known Recent cats such as the sabertooths, and the modern big cats as well.
This book also discusses more obscure cat-like fossils like the nimravids, which some palaeontologists believe are closely related to the true cats, while others place them in a separate family.
www.jwoolfden.com /mammal.html   (702 words)

  
 Amazing Animals : Cats - Associated Content
First to tame the cat were the ancient Egyptians in about 3000BC.
These cats looked less like today's, and more similar in appearance to the first true cats called the Proailurus, who came into existence about 12 million years ago.
Cats have been domesticated for only half as long as dogs have, yet have grown three-fold in popularity.
www.associatedcontent.com /article/161997/amazing_animals_cats.html   (537 words)

  
 Natural History of the Housecat, Domestic Cat, Felis catus, Felis domesticus
The branching of the felids is somewhat better understood (Figure 1.
The first cats (stem felids) are assigned to the genera Proailurus and Pseudaelurus.
Crown felids can be broken up into two subfamilies: 1) the Machairodontinae, the saber-toothed cats (Figure 1, right) and 2) the Felinae or conical-toothed cats, which includes all of the extant members of the family, their immediate ancestors, and close sister taxa.
www.baa.duke.edu /companat/BAA_289L_2004/Natural_History/Cat/cat_natural_history.htm   (1025 words)

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