Placental Carnivores: Past and Present. Ilse Kotzee Student # 2456349 Landscape Ecology and People University of the Western Cape. Placental Carnivore Definition:.
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Student # 2456349
Landscape Ecology and People
University of the Western Cape
Reconstruction of the cat-like creodont Oxyaena
No match for the true carnivores with greater intelligence and more specializationsExtinction of Creodonts
Still had primitive features such as; a low scull, elongated body and tail, and short limbs, but larger brain
Diet consisted of small animals living in dense undergrowth or in trees
Resembled modern day weaselsMiacids
Members of this group are the ultimate carnivores
A distinguishing feature is their four toes ending in retractable claws
Top class hunters, with acute sense of smell, hearing and excellent balanceFelidae: Cats
The ability to purr distinguishes these two groups
Unable to run for long distances they are excellent sprintersFelidae: Cats contd.
Known to be monogamous as well as polygamous
Hind limbs specialized for swimming cannot be used on land
Mottled fur that is spotted or bandedPhocidae