The Phylogeny of the Recent Carnivora

  • W. Chris Wozencraft


Konrad Gesner (1551), in one of the first widely distributed bestiaries, grouped animals that eat meat, a procedure that Linnaeus (1758) followed and identified as the order Ferae. The grouping of mammals that were carnivorous was further refined by Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and Cuvier (1795), Cuvier (1800, 1817), Gray (1821), and Temminck (1835–41). They inferred relationships among species and groups of species primarily on the basis of morphological similarities in dentition.


Giant Panda Carotid Canal Auditory Region Stylomastoid Foramen Outgroup Comparison 
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