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Comparing Cats: A Discussion of Similarities and Differences between Felids

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It has been proposed quite a few times that comparison threads would interest many. However, usually these threads end up full of voices but still empty of information or constructive collaboration. Nonetheless, we do like interest. Thus, this thread will be our first step in experimenting within the realm of comparison. However, the guidelines of such discourse are going to be explicitly defined, and explicit observance of these guidelines is expected by posters. 

The guidelines are simple. When comparing, we want an approach that rests on evolution, adaptation, ecology, and the like. We strictly forbid the discussion of the "verses" debate and interspecific conflict in terms of fights. Posters who can comfortably work with the desired approach are welcomed and encouraged to join the thread. Those who are enthralled in the art of war will be at the least, banned from this forum at the team's discretion. Due to the fragile nature of the subject, take this paragraph as the official warning and therefore do not expect justification in case the team has to act. Now that the stage rules are set, let us dive in...

Comparing Cats: A Discussion of Similarities and Differences between Felids

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The cat family (Felidae) is undoubtedly one of the most successful carnivorous mammals on the planet. Its origins can be traced back to around 25 MYA in Proailurus. From then until now, numerous species have come and gone. Today, just under 40 species survive. Each has a unique evolutionary history and thus a unique morphology, behavior, and general lifestyle. This leaves us plenty to discuss. 

While it is likely most will be interested in discussion of just the modern big cats, extinct species and the rest of modern cat family are invited to the table. If the thread spans to wide, a future separation may be in order, but until then, this experiment will continue with the aforementioned approach. 
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Table of Contents of Discussion

Here will be a list indexing interesting discussions that take place within this thread. Page and post numbers will be provided. Simply click on the item to be taken to the post.
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Reserved post. 

This post is reserved in case it is needed in the future for a job.

Have a nice photo until then.

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Postcranial Morphology - Proportions

Brachial index - Radius length/Humerus length

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Limb proportions:

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I am looking for some comparison between

1. Tiger and Lion
2. Jaguar and Leopard

Please do not share bunch of images and video, please add some original text and valid theory.

Also no VS debate here.
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To get privilege of posting, please make a request here - http://wildfact.com/forum/topic-request-...only-forum
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