By Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
From the majestic Bengal tiger to the domesticated Siamese comes a meditation on cats from the bestselling writer of The Hidden lifetime of Dogs and The Social Lives of Dogs
From as a ways again in time because the disappearance of the dinosaurs, cats have occupied a major position in our evolutionary, social, and cultural historical past. The relations of the cat is as varied because it is common, starting from the lions, tigers, and pumas of the African and Asian wilds to the domesticated cats of our houses, zoos, and circuses.
whilst she witnesses her housecat, Rajah, without problems scare off fully-grown deer, acclaimed anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas begins learning the hyperlinks that bind the pussycat kin jointly. Immersing herself within the refined alterations in their social orders, feeding behaviors, and technique of communique, Thomas explores the character of the cat, either wild and family, and the resilient streak that has ensured its survival over millions of years.
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Neobalaenidae: Caperea (Pygmy right whale) p. 48 3b. Base of rostrum only slightly wider than tip; from side, rostrum strongly arched; mandibles extremely bowed out (Fig. 121) . . . . . . . Balaenidae: Right or bowhead whales base of rostrum much wider than tip base of rostrum only slightly wider than tip DORSAL VIEW DORSAL VIEW Fig. 120 Neobalaenidae 4a. Rostrum slightly arched from side; nasals large; frontals exposed on vertex (Fig. 122) . . . . . . . . .
Phocoenidae: Porpoises 12b. Teeth circular or oval in cross-section, generally with pointed tips (except in Orcaella, or unless worn or broken); no bosses in front of nares (Fig. 139) . Delphinidae: Oceanic dolphins bony bosses teeth generally with pionted tips teeth with blunt tips LATERAL VIEW Fig. 138 Phocoenidae LATERAL VIEW Fig. 3 SUBORDER MYSTICETI - Baleen Whales MYSTICETI There are 4 families of baleen whales. Mysticetes are universally large (with females growing larger than males); the smallest is the pygmy right whale (c 7 m long), and the largest is the blue whale (the largest animal ever to live, up to 33 m or more in length and 160 t in weight).
In the mouth there is baleen (stiff plates of keratin), instead of teeth. Baleen whales are batch feeders, taking in great quantities of water in a single gulp, and then using the fringes on their baleen plates to filter small schooling fish or invertebrates from the water. Nearly all mysticetes make long-range seasonal migrations. 1 Guide to Families of Baleen Whales BALAENIDAE Right and Bowhead Whales (3 species in 2 genera) p. 42 The right and bowhead whales are large and chunky, with heads that comprise up to one-third of their body length.