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Cheetahs migrated from North America to Africa 100,000 years ago.

Cheetahs descend from a relative of American pumas with their fossil records extending across the Americas, Europe and Asia, according to new research

I am beautiful! (One of the beautiful ice bears of Svalbard.) - by Judith Conning -- [REPINNED by All Creatures Gift Shop]  No snow!

Polar Bear - Reflection - title I am beautiful! - One of the beautiful ice bears of Svalbard. - by Judith Conning

Panthera, Acinonyx, Xenosmilus, Smilodon, Megantereon, Pseudaelurus, Metailurus, Machairodus, Adelphailurus, Homotherium, Proailurus, Hoplophoneus, Eusmilus, Barbourofelis, Thylacoleo, Thylascomilus

There are many big cats associated with the Frontier and a surprising number with large, sharp teeth.

lostbeasts:    Ordovician Trilobites

(examples of variations found among trilobite fossils)Ordovician Trilobites. I wish these guys were still alive, I would have one as a pet.

animals, turtles, fossils, extinct - The largest species of prehistoric turtle weighed two tons.

This is the world's largest known fossil turtle, Archelon ischyros - its shell is over 4 meters long.

The extinct Dodo bird. Even though the rareness of the Dodo was reported already in the 17th century, its extinction was not recognised until the 19th century. This was partly because, for religious reasons, extinction was not believed possible until later proved so by Georges Cuvier, and partly because many scientists doubted that the Dodo had ever existed. Like many animals that evolved in isolation from significant predators, the Dodo was entirely fearless of humans.

The extinct Dodo bird. - The dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

Russian Ordovician trilobite, Ceratarges

Russian Ordovician trilobite, Ceratarges