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Thanks Allan, but that really doesn't seem a significant enough
difference to assign separate species; there's way more variation among
human skulls (and body-types) - and that's just within my immediate
Now this has nothing to do with the former statement, but does anyone
know if different species of apes can or have interbred?
On Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at 04:33 PM, Allan Edels wrote:
Peter, et al:
Aside from the obvious differences in coloration and environmental
preferences, there is at least one difference noticeable in the skulls:
If you take the skulls (minus lower jaws) of a lion and a tiger and
place them on a table, one of the skulls will easily rock back and
and the other will not. (I'm not sure which is which - I think the
skull rocks easier). Thom H. can correct me on this. [This difference
is in the dentition of the animals, and the shape of the upper jaw -
sorry, no real scientific nomenclature here].
Note that I recommend that both animals are dead before you try this
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What makes lions and tigers distinct species, instead of just different
breeds of big cat? Is this where cladistics comes in?
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Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 1:49 pm
Subject: Ligers and tigrons - oh my!
If a daddy lion and a momma tiger make a baby its a liger. If a boy
a girl lion have a little one its a tigron. According to a Brit
account grown up tigrons tend to be small at a wee 25 stone, while
ligers are the
biggest cats, up to 86 stone and able to stand 12 ft tall on the
Do any of you paleomammalogists who works on big cats know if this
is true? My
WWII vet English correspondent wants to know.