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Re: Predator relationships
> From: Chris Campbell <email@example.com>
Interestingly, though, the cheetah is on average larger than
> most leopards;
"Panthera pardus" is the leopard I assume you are referring
to(Africa,Asia,Middle East, India). Females are rather small at
90-105lbs, but males reach 150 routinely and 200 not unusually. Male
cheetahs average about 90-105lbs with females 80-95. Neither is a
match for a leopard, male or female. Leopards are the Michael
Jordans of the big cats. They can easily leap 10feet up in the air
and 20-25 feet horizontally. They are pound for pound possibly the
strongest of the big cats, and can easily kill a man. You can walk
with cheetahs, but I wouldn't recommend it with a leopard.
> it could fight off a lone hyena or maybe even two
> relatively easily, but not without risk of injury.
Cheetahs don't mess with hyenas, period. A hyena is higher on the
totem pole than the leopard, and one on one will steal a leopards
I would recommend "Great Cats and Their Fossil Relatives".
BTW, I rechecked, and sabre tooths are not conical but blade like
hence the names dirk and sabre. At least some were sharp/and or
serrated. Apparently many lived in burrows dug by giant tortoise,
which I thought would interest some on the list re:dinosaurs and
burrows. Also, it's thought most did not die killing prey, just like
todays predators(personal communication latter statement).
I have spent very little time on the climate and geology of the late
Cretaceous of NA. I am confused about the terrain, climate, and so
forth. Is there a recent book out there that is comprehensive and
not incredibly difficult to read? I just cannot get to the library
anymore. One where you don't have to be a climatologist to