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    Dana Campbell marked "Smilodon californicus_4" as trusted on the "Smilodon fatalis" page.

    24 days ago

  • Profile picture of Jennifer Hammock who took this action.

    Jennifer Hammock marked "Snow Leopard" as hidden on the "Uncia uncia" page.
    Reasons to hide: duplicate

    27 days ago

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    Jennifer Hammock marked "File:Uncia uncia.jpg" as hidden on the "Uncia uncia (Schreber, 1775)" page.
    Reasons to hide: duplicate

    27 days ago

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    Theodore Ganea commented on an older version of The American Cheetah and the Pronghorn:

    Really? Look at my new version. With each version, you do have to admit that this article is getting longer and better. It just takes time.

    28 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of The American Cheetah and the Pronghorn:

    Sorry, Theodore, but you're just not catching what I and this article are saying. It is very hard to interpret the biology of extinct organisms from their fossils. This article makes the point that scientists early on assumed that the American cheetah behaved like, moved like, preyed like, ran to speeds similar to the African cheetah because physical aspects appeared the same. More recently, the article says, scientists are questioning this. They are taking into account that these two animals lived on different continents, different environments. They aren't related spp. More evidence about their environments and their bone structure are known since the "Am cheetah is an African cheetah copycat" theory was put out. So when you say "Although it is true that American cheetahs are very similar to cheetahs in agility and speed" this is not supported by this article.

    In fact, the article takes great pains to discuss that in fact we don't know that the American cheetah was as agile as the cheetah (hence the author quotes Natalia Kennedy's work examining the American cheetah's spine to look at its flexibility and what this might mean for it's behaviors).

    To say that the "theory" that the Am. cheetah might have lived like the snow leopard (note, common names are not capitalized) might be true or might be "incorrect random speculation" is not only disrespectful to the researchers who proposed it, but also not informative to readers here at EOL. Where do you get the idea it is random speculation? It's an idea informed by study of the fossil specimens that were found in the area. Furthermore, (I repeat from my last comment to you) this idea is presented an *example* of one of the different possible ways that the American cheetah might have lived other than as a speed-demon predator of antelope, not evidence that this is the only way the Am. cheetah lived. You say "the theory's arguements -note spelling!- have been winning over more and more of the scientific community." This also just isn't supported, where did you get it? It is your editorializing. Hodnett and colleagues discuss observations that enlighten possible interpretations of the biology of this extinct animal, not just saying a different "just so story" (that it lived like a snow leopard) to counter the original theory (it lived like a cheetah).

    The end of your piece is also inappropriate. Where did you get this?: "However, many doubt that we will ever get a chance to know a lot about the American cheetah." Who are the many? Again this is your editorializing. This article actually says the opposite - citing all sorts of directions that might give us more info about this animal.

    28 days ago

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    Dana Campbell marked "The American Cheetah and the Pronghorn" as hidden on the "Miracinonyx (Adams 1979)" page.
    Reasons to hide: low quality

    28 days ago

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    Dana Campbell commented on an older version of The American Cheetah and the Pronghorn:

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    28 days ago • deleted: 28 days ago

  • Profile picture of Theodore Ganea who took this action.

    Theodore Ganea commented on "American cheetah":

    @Katja Schulz: I disagree. This article isn't that good as to put it in the overview. I think this taxon better have no overview, for now.

    29 days ago

  • Profile picture of Theodore Ganea who took this action.

    Theodore Ganea removed a common name in an unknown language from "Miracinonyx (Adams 1979)".

    29 days ago

  • Profile picture of Theodore Ganea who took this action.

    Theodore Ganea added an unknown common name in an unknown language to "Miracinonyx (Adams 1979)".

    29 days ago

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