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The African civet

7 November 2013

 

www.leopard.tvThe genets and civets are all members of the mammal family Viverridae which contains 30 species. Civet-like ancestors are known to have lived at least 50 million years ago in East Africa and looked like long-nosed cats. Fossils of African civets have been found in India, where they lived some 4.2 million years ago, and they lived in die Olduvai Gorge of Tanzania about one million years ago. One group of ancestral civet-like animals gradually gave rise to the current civets of Eurasia and Africa, the genets, the binturongs of India and the linsangs of Africa some 45 million years ago, while a separate group gradually developed into the hyaenas and cats from some 40 million years ago. The mongooses had already developed from this same ancestral group some 55 million years ago... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

References:

Skinner, J D and C T Chimimba (Eds) 2005. The mammals of the southern African subregion, third edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 412 - 416.

Turner, A 1997. The big cats and their fossil relatives: an illustrated guide to their evolution and natural history. New York: Columbia University Press.

Wozencraft, W L 2005. Order Carnivora. In D E Wilson en D M Reeder (Eds) 2005. Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference, third edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp 554 - 559.

artikel by: Prof J du P Bothma

 

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