The Evolution of Cats - The Evolution of Cats 1. The...

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The Evolution of Cats 1. The classification of the feline species has caused much confusion and debate amongst scientists. There have been many proclaimed species and subgroups that have continuously been debated. Recently, however, much of the new technologies and discoveries made today have assisted in the organization of the feline lineage. These modern day devices include the Human Genome Project, technologies allowing DNA probing, and carbon dating. The comparison of genes has allowed much of the progress made upon the feline lineage, allowing them to discover “the branches of the tree”. DNA studies have allowed for the 37 species of cats to be arranged in 8 clusters/lineages. These 8 lineages include: Panthera, Bay Cat, Caracal, Ocelot, Lynx, Puma, Asian leopard Cat, and the Domestic Cat. What allowed for these changes in cats are the natural selection of genes in different environments as cats migrated around the world. When the sea levels were low, lands were capable of being connect, allowing animals to migrate around the world. When the sea levels arose again these cats would be isolated in their new environments.
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