The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives: An Illustrated Guide to Their Evolution and Natural History

  title={The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives: An Illustrated Guide to Their Evolution and Natural History},
  author={Christopher A. Shaw and Alan H. Turner and Mauricio Ant{\'o}n},
In this beautifully illustrated natural history that links extinct larger feline species with those still in existence, collaborators Alan Turner and Mauricio Anton weave together the evidence of modern feline behavior with that of the fossil record. Turner's clear, insightful prose and Anton's masterly illustrations combine to offer specialists and newcomers alike an accurate and accessible guide to the evolution of cats. 

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