Top Ten Cats #4 – Smilodon sp.

Not strictly speaking a species, Smilodon is a genus in the Machairodontinae family – essentially the sabre-toothed cats, in taxonomic identification we would indicate multiple species with an ‘sp.‘ after the genus, like in the title. Again another throwback from my undergraduate days but there’s a perception of sabre-toothed cats, particularly since they allegedly hadContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #4 – Smilodon sp.”

Top Ten Cats #5 – Black-footed cat, Felis nigripes

A short article explaining the life, habits and (multiple times) the exceptional cuteness of the black-footed cat of Southern Africa.

Top Ten Cats #6 – Lion, Panthera leo

What top ten list of cats is complete without the so-called ‘King of the Jungle’ that is, actually, more a Prince of the Plains. I’ll level with you. I like lions. I love lions like I love any other kind of cat. But they make this list for one reason and one reason alone. Sociability.Continue reading “Top Ten Cats #6 – Lion, Panthera leo”

Top Ten Cats #7 – Jaguar, Panthera onca

Content Warning: This article contains images of animal predation. I left this one up to the community and your voices were heard. They were completely silent. Thanks, guys. So given how I feel you basically stuck your teeth on my skull and bit a hole in it, I put a cat in this place thatContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #7 – Jaguar, Panthera onca”

Top Ten Cats #8 – Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa

In case you hadn’t noticed by now I am a lexiphile. I love words for words’ sake. It separates me from the bibliophiles, who like words to be structured into tomes and books with contexts and narratives. I don’t mind so long as the word sounds good. Like with yesterday’s jaguarundi. Well Neofelis nebulosa isContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #8 – Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa”

Top Ten Cats #9 – Jaguarundi, Herpailurus yagouaroundi

What do I know about the jaguarondi? What don’t I know about the jaguarondi!? The answer to the first question is not a lot, the second is a lot. It’s a weird little cat, this, showing features more akin to the Viveriddae (feliforms like civets and genets) or the Mustelidae (otters, weasels, badgers, that sortContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #9 – Jaguarundi, Herpailurus yagouaroundi”

Top Ten Cats #10 – The Pallas’ Cat – Otocolobus manul

Nick-named after a Prussian biologist, the Pallas’ cat, or manul, is relatively small and extremely, and I mean ridiculously, fluffy, with low-set, rounded ears. That basically gives it the appearance of a guilty stuffed-toy. I mean, it is going to be hard to talk about these little guys without getting all misty-eyed and squeeing. They’reContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #10 – The Pallas’ Cat – Otocolobus manul”

Top Ten Cats: An Introduction

Content Warning: There are gifs of animals hunting animals. Firstly I would just like to say; LIFEDOMAINKINGDOMPHYLUMCLASSORDERFAMILYGENUSSPECIES What does that mean? It is the basic scheme of modern scientific classification of organisms. I will use some of these terms below, some of them are debated, the only thing drunker and more pedantic than evolution isContinue reading “Top Ten Cats: An Introduction”

Happy Birthday Darwin!

I got so moody about dickheads being stupid about fatness that this nearly slipped me by! There’s little I can say or do, historically or scientifically, to better other communicators on their thoughts on Darwin. On what he achieved, his pioneering spirit, his indomitable determination, his seeming respectability and his love of worms. I’m fairlyContinue reading “Happy Birthday Darwin!”

Fat Versus Fiction

Do you know what the real beauty myth is? That anyone or anything is innately ‘beautiful’. Do you know what the real health myth is? That anyone individual is more healthy than another. Never mind evolution by natural selection blindly stumbling into a future in which it doesn’t know what the conditions are, rendering anyContinue reading “Fat Versus Fiction”