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Fossa Jesse Russell

Fossa

Jesse Russell

Published June 18th 2012
ISBN : 9785510530056
Paperback
114 pages
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The fossa ( / f s / or / fu s /- Malagasy- Cryptoprocta ferox) is a cat-like, carnivorous mammal that is endemic to Madagascar. It is a member of the Eupleridae, a family of carnivorans closely related toMoreHigh Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The fossa ( / f s / or / fu s /- Malagasy- Cryptoprocta ferox) is a cat-like, carnivorous mammal that is endemic to Madagascar. It is a member of the Eupleridae, a family of carnivorans closely related to the mongoose family (Herpestidae). Its classification has been controversial because its physical traits resemble those of cats, yet other traits suggest a close relationship with viverrids (most civets and their relatives). Its classification, along with that of the other Malagasy carnivores, influenced hypotheses about how many times mammalian carnivores have colonized the island. With genetic studies demonstrating that the fossa and all other Malagasy carnivores are most closely related to each other (forming a clade, recognized as the family Eupleridae), carnivorans are now thought to have colonized the island once around 18 to 20 million years ago.