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The Cat by HodariNundu The Cat by HodariNundu
Doodles rápidos porque, prisa :B Por suerte solo son para ilustrar unas cuantas ideas fugaces...
Arriba, un grupo de australopitecos se topa con lo que parece ser un Dinofelis muerto en el pastizal. Lo que no saben es que él ya los había visto primero, y ahora espera atrapar al primero que se acerque a picarlo con un palo o algo así. 
En el medio, un parantropo adulto encuentra a la cría que había desaparecido hacía poco tiempo; no imagina que el Dinofelis la dejó con vida para que sus llamados atrajeran la atención de alguna presa más sustanciosa. 
Y abajo, un babuino gigante hembra es emboscado por otro Dinofelis que aprendió a imitar el llamado que el lider de la tropa usa para reunir a los suyos. 
Dinofelis fue un felino prehistórico de gran tamaño (dependiendo de la especie podía ser parecido al leopardo, al jaguar, e incluso el mas grande era comparable a tigres y leones). Existe la interesante teoria de que estaba especializado para cazar primates, incluyendo hominidos y babuinos gigantes. De ser así, éste pudo haber sido uno de los habitantes más temibles en las pesadillas de nuestros ancestros, y es de esperarse que un cazador de primates acabara siendo muy inteligente (si no miren a los leopardos). Si creen que es poco realista que un gato use este tipo de trucos para cazar, consideren que el leopardo ha sido visto usando carnada para cazar ardillas y pájaros, y que el margay suele imitar los llamados de crías de monos para atraer a los adultos a una emboscada (gente que coexiste con ellos tambien atribuye habilidades de imitación a los tigres, jaguares y pumas). 

Very quick doodles cuz, was in a hurry :B Fortunately, they're only meant to illustrate a few fleeting ideas...
Above, a group of australopithecines stumbles upon a seemingly dead Dinofelis in the grass. Little do they know that the cat had already seen them first, and now hopes to catch the first one that comes poking it with a stick or something. 
Middle, an adult paranthrope finds the youngster who had dissappeared early, without suspecting that the Dinofelis dragged it away from the troop, leaving it alive so that its cries would attract a more substantial (and unwary) victim. 
And below, a female giant baboon is ambushed by another Dinofelis, which learned to mimic the calls the troop leader uses to gather the others. 
Dinofelis was a large prehistoric cat (depending on the species, leopard to lion/tiger-sized) and there's an interesting theory according to which it was probably a specialized primate hunter (including hominids). If so, it may have been one of the most notorious dwellers of our early ancestors' nightmares, and it is to be expected that a primate hunter would be highly intelligent (just look at leopards). If you think it's unrealistic for a cat to set traps like this, keep in mind that leopards have been known to use bait to hunt squirrels and birds, and that the margay often mimics the calls of baby monkeys to lure adults into ambush (also, local people who coexist with them say tigers, cougars and jaguars have mimicking abilities as well). 
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tidalwave21 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
I thought Dinofelis specialized on bigger game?
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016   General Artist
Yeah, probably. Especially the bigger species (I believe D. cristata was about tiger sized).

The idea of it being a specialized primate hunter WAS considered at one point, that being my inspiration here. But if you look at modern day big cats, leopards, tigers, etc, they tend to specialize on whatever prey is most readily available and even, sometimes, on whatever prey their mother fed them or  taught them to hunt (sometimes ignoring other perfectly acceptable prey if they can get what they're used to instead). So even if Dinofelis wasn´t actually a primate specialist, there probably were individual Dinofelis who were. 
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tidalwave21 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
That makes sense. I have seen individual leopards specialize into hunting aardvarks, for example.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017   General Artist
Right? And don't forget man eaters and gorilla hunters :)
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acepredator Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
If it is predatory it can definitely set a trap by learning. Even spiders do it-look up the Portia jumping spider.
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grisador Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
Dinofelis : ultimate simian Hunter

And many wonder why several humans usually doesnt like cats :o
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acepredator Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
Leopards (and African crowned eagles) are now considered to be the real simian hunters
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016
Umm... African Crowned Eagles ? How ?


Not to worry about Leopards; New humans taking revenge Veryy Good :evillaugh:
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acepredator Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016
Look up the Taung Child skull.

Spoilers: killed by African crowned eagle.
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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
                  Well than; the revenge of the Taung Child has finally taken ! 







 
                   ...By immense MASS extinctions !! :B
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SilverDragon234 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016
Troop leader: Unhand her this instand, you imbecile!
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
epic cool!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Really great pictures and concept.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner May 27, 2016   General Artist
thanks!
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty!
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Jurassiczilla Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Student Artist
Cool!
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
The hypothesis that Dinofelis was a specialized primate hunter is mostly discredited now. Analysis of the calcium isotopes in its fossils show us that it fed mainly on large hoofed mammals.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner May 26, 2016   General Artist
Seeing as modern cats such as leopards tend to specialize on whatever prey is abundant locally, and even sometimes on what their mother taught them to hunt, I really think we shouldnt generalize when it comes to these guys.
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totesironic Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
Sneaky cat is sneaky!
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those are some awesome speculations you got there!
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Tarturus Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It could well be that cats (and a number of other creatures too) are more clever than is often assumed.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner May 26, 2016   General Artist
This is most definitely true
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Venatorius Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read somewhere that Siberian Tigers have been known to mimic bear calls to lure unsuspecting bears close enough for it to kill.I don't really know if that is true or not.I forgot which site I was reading it from.All I remember was that I was reading up on the hunting strategies of tigers.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner May 26, 2016   General Artist
Yes, and deer sounds too.
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Venatorius Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A filming crew should go out there in the field to document this kind of behavior from tigers if there isn't any footage of since I have talked to some people in real life who do not believe that a tiger can have that ability.I for one would be interested to see such footage.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner May 27, 2016   General Artist
Tiger hunts are notoriously difficult to film, though. It would take tremendous luck to capture this particular behavior.

I don´t doubt they can do it. It would be too much of a coincidence that this is consistently reported from places as far away as Siberia and India, and also from the Neotropics. The margay case should be a good reminder that local people often know things armchair scientists (and even professional scientists!) never get to witness.
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Venatorius Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah that is one big challenge to capture that kind of behavior.
Speaking of cats mimicking sounds,I noticed one time that my cat seems to have learned how to mimic the sound of someone saying "Hello" but in a pitch similar to how a cat's voice sounds like.It might just be me though but that's what I heard.That said,there was a video that was shown om Animal Planet(I think it's also on youtube)once where a cat sounds like a barking dog.They say cats can make more kinds of sounds than dogs so it probably utilized the ability to mimic sounds if such an ability is also displayed by domestic cats.
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Saberrex Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I find your ideas are not too far off from real cat behavior.
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Bad2thebonedog Featured By Owner May 25, 2016
I just read an article on dinofelis this week! Perfect timing for this!
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner May 25, 2016   General Artist
what did the article say?
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Bad2thebonedog Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
I don't remember it word for word so bare with me. It was saying how dinofelis likely specialized on hominids and had modified jaws/teeth to crush their skulls. It was also most likely the largest feline to have existed.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner May 26, 2016   General Artist
Largest feline? That's news for me. If it meant feline as in, Felinae, I think its now considered to be a true machairodontine... And if it meant feline as in Felidae, then I seriously missed some big news...
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Bad2thebonedog Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
I could have easily forgotten the exact details like I said don't quote me XD it's been awhile since I last read the article. You're probably correct though so stick to your info XD
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TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are awesome theories! I think the middle one is really clever.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner May 25, 2016   General Artist
:)
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TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;)
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TheRabbitWhoHovers Featured By Owner Edited May 25, 2016  Student Writer
Yeah I believe that cats have more hunting abilities then we think.

My grandma's cat actually killed my cousin's parakeet by simply staring at it. I think what happened was that the cat knew that being near the bird cause said bird anxiety, and literally killed the bird by making it panic so much it got a heart attack.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner May 25, 2016   General Artist
I had a cat who would catch sparrows and then eat them in front of my parakeets :( None of them died of fright but I imagine it wasn´t fun for them...
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TheRabbitWhoHovers Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Student Writer
My grandma also has a birdbath where blue jays, mockingbirds and cardinals bathe, and her cat used to "sleep" near it to pounce on a bird. It got to the point where the birds stayed away from the birdbath until the cat died from cancer.
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