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ID: 300265716
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/aat/300265716

 

Record Type: concept
Felidae (family) (Carnivora (order), Mammalia (class), ... Living Organisms (hierarchy name))

 

Note: Family of mammals containing 37 species in 18 genera representing the cheetah, puma, jaguar, leopard, lion, lynx, tiger, domestic cat, and others, descended from a common ancestor about 10.8 million years ago. According to a 2006 genomic study the ancestor of extant Leopardus, Lynx, Puma, Prionailurus, and Felis lineages migrated across the Bering land bridge into the Americas approximately 8 to 8.5 million years ago. Members of Felidae are typically characterized by having a long tail, a head with a short nose and round face, large eyes positioned for good binocular vision, usually with short ears, sharp claws that are retractile except in the cheetah, a tongue covered with horny papillae, five toes on their forefeet and four on their hindfeet, with the male larger than the female, possessing a genetic anomaly that prevents them from tasting sweetness, and being the most strictly carnivorous of the mammal families in the order Carnivora. Their closest relatives are thought to be the civets, hyenas, and mongooses.
 
Terms:
Felidae (family) (preferred,C,U,S,English-P,D,U,N)
Felidae (family) (Latin-P,D,U,N)
cats (Felidae) (C,U,C,English,AD,U,N)
cat (Felidae) (C,U,English,AD,U,N)
felids (C,U,English,UF,U,N)

Facet/Hierarchy Code:  H.HL

Hierarchical Position:

Hierarchy of Agents Facet
Agents Facet
Hierarchy of Living Organisms (hierarchy name)
.... Living Organisms (hierarchy name) (G)
Hierarchy of living organisms (entities)
........ living organisms (entities) (G)
Hierarchy of Eukaryota (domain)
............ Eukaryota (domain) (G)
Hierarchy of Animalia (kingdom)
................ Animalia (kingdom) (G)
Hierarchy of Chordata (phylum)
.................... Chordata (phylum) (G)
Hierarchy of Vertebrata (subphylum)
........................ Vertebrata (subphylum) (G)
Hierarchy of Mammalia (class)
............................ Mammalia (class) (G)
Hierarchy of Carnivora (order)
................................ Carnivora (order) (G)
Hierarchy of Felidae (family)
.................................... Felidae (family) (G)

Sources and Contributors:
cat (Felidae)............  [VP]
..........................  Oxford English Dictionary Online (2002-)
cats (Felidae)............  [GCI Preferred, VP]
.............................  AATA database (2002-) 156426 checked 26 January 2012
.............................  Oxford English Dictionary Online (2002-)
Felidae (family)............  [VP Preferred]
.............................  Animal Diversity Web (1995-)
.............................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-)
.............................  Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary [online] (1997-2002)
.............................  Natural History Museum, London (2000-)
.............................  Oxford English Dictionary Online (2002-)
felids............  [VP]
.................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-)
 
Subject: .....  [GCI, VP]
............  AATA database (2002-) 156426 checked 26 January 2012
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-)

 

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