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Other than looking like an exceptionally hair, grumpy old man, the Manul or Pallas’s Cat is special, because it is the oldest living ancestor of modern cats. 

"About twelve million years ago it was one of the first two modern cats to evolve and it hasn’t changed since. The other species, Martelli’s Cat, is extinct so what you are looking at here is a unique window in to the past of modern cats.”

It’s also interesting that they have round pupils, not slits like modern cats.

(Source: www.arkinspace.com/2011/04/manul-cat-that-time-forgot.html/)

posted at 4:18pm on Monday 22nd April 2013 with 78 notes
# manul# pallas's cat# cats# kitties# cat evolution# evolution# animals
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