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STL Science Center

20 September 2013

Late Evening Post

I apologize for the lateness of this post ladies and gentlemen; I had some oral exams this afternoon and did not feel like writing this morning. I want to tackle a family this week, not a single genus as I normally do. The family that we will discuss is a somewhat large group of medium sized cat like carnivores. Dating from the Paleocene and Eocene epochs, Miacids stuck around as an important family for about 29 million years.The Miacidae family is a paraphyletic group, meaning that it does not include all descendants of the species. Miacidae was a transitional family that ushered in the rise of the modern Carnivora. It should be an interesting family to discuss as a family, despite being a much larger group than we typically discuss here.

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