Life in the Slow(er) Lane: Revisiting the Long-Lost Giant Cheetah

For the most part, a cat is a cat is a cat. Large or small, domestic or wild, most are agile ambush predators that subsist almost entirely on meat. But then there's the cheetah. It's a cat that hunts like a dog. The felid's claws are more like cleats than the retractable armaments of its relatives, its nasal cavity is enlarged to house the soft tissues necessary to keep it cool while sprinting, and, as the fastest land mammal, the cat relies on speed to chase down and trip up fleeing antelopes and gazelles. Cheetahs are so different, in fact, that figuring out when they adopted ...

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