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Energetic constraints on the diet of terrestrial carnivores
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It is shown, by reviewing the most common live prey in carnivore diets, that there is a striking transition from feeding on small prey to large prey (near predator mass), occurring at predator masses of 21.5–25 kg, and the predicted maximum mass that an invertebrate diet can sustain is predicted.
The ecology of carnivore social behaviour
Diverse selective pressures have contributed to the evolution of the varied social groups of carnivores: the benefits of strength of numbers for defence of kills and territory, and in the hunting and
Canids : foxes, wolves, jackals and dogs : status survey and conservation action plan
The new Canid Action Plan synthesizes the current knowledge on the biology, ecology and status of all wild canid species, and outlines the conservation actions and projects needed to secure their
Collapse of the world’s largest herbivores
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The rate of large herbivore decline suggests that ever-larger swaths of the world will soon lack many of the vital ecological services these animals provide, resulting in enormous ecological and social costs.
Fatal attraction in rats infected with Toxoplasma gondii
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Although rats have evolved anti–predator avoidance of areas with signs of cat presence, T. gondii's manipulation appears to alter the rat's perception of cat predation risk, in some cases turning their innate aversion into an imprudent attraction.
Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids
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The characteristic features of cats have evolved to support a carnivorous lifestyle with adaptations for ambush or stalking and short pursuit hunting.
The importance of correcting for sampling bias in MaxEnt species distribution models
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It is concluded that a substantial improvement in the quality of model predictions can be achieved if uneven sampling effort is taken into account, thereby improving the efficacy of species conservation planning.
From wild animals to domestic pets, an evolutionary view of domestication
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The first domestic cats had limited utility and initiated their domestication among the earliest agricultural Neolithic settlements in the Near East and Eurasian wildcats initiated domestication and their evolution to companion animals was initially a process of natural, rather than artificial, selection over time driven during their sympatry with forbear wildcats.
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