Felid Skull Reproductions From Arizona Dry Bones
Cat Skulls From Arizona Dry Bones

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Felid (Cat) Skull Reproductions

The cats of the world, from the domestic cat to the majestic lion or tiger, are familiar to everyone. At one time, all the species of living cats were put into the genus Felis; now they are divided into as many as 18 different genera. The large cats, genus Panthera, including the lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar, have several characters which unite them as different from other cats. First, they are the only cats that roar. Second, they can purr both while inhaling and exhaling; the other cats purr on exhaling only. Cats are hypercarnivores; their premolars are reduced, and the carnassial teeth emphasized. Native cats are found in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Species descriptions:

 

Siberian Tiger Skull Replica
Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) The largest living cat. Cast of a male skull. Length of skull: 14.5 inches. Price $280.00

 

African Leopard Skull Replica
African Leopard (Panthera pardus) Primarily nocturnal, the Leopard can live in almost any of the various African environments which provide it food and water. Leopards have been reported to leap 6 meters horizontally and 3 meters vertically. California Academy of Science specimen. Cast of a male skull.

Length of skull: 9.1 inches.
Price: $159.00

 

Snow Leopard Skull Replica
Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia) The Snow Leopard is found in the high mountains of Central Asia. While it is frequently classified with the other big roaring cats, the Snow Leopard cannot roar, and we prefer to place it in its own genus, Uncia. California Academy of Science specimen. Cast is of a male.

Length of skull: 8 inches.
Price: $159.00

 

Male Cheetah Skull Replica
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) This is the animal reputed to be the fastest land animal, with speeds of 60 mph or greater claimed. Recent observations have confirmed this. The skull of the Cheetah is high-domed, short and rounded. California Academy of Science specimen. Cast is of a male.

Length of skull: 7.5 inches.
Price: $159.00

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) Female skull for comparison with the male skull listed above. California Academy of Science specimen.

Length of skull 6.3 inches.
Price: $159.00

 

Jaguar Skull Replica
Jaguar (Panthera onca) Superficially resembling a leopard, the tail of the jaguar is much shorter, and there are differences in the palatal area of the skull as well. This is the only one of the roaring cats with a present day distribution in the new world. Fossil evidence suggests that both the lion and the tiger were present in North America during the Pleistocene.

Length of skull: 8.75 inches.
Price: $150.00

 

] Mountain Lion Skull Replica
Mountain Lion (also called Puma, Cougar or Panther) (Puma concolor) The Mountain Lion has the greatest natural distribution of any mammal in the western hemisphere. A small finger of bone extends from the parietal up into the frontal (visible in our cast) and immediately identifies the skull as that of a Mountain Lion. Cast is of a male skull.

Length of skull: 8.3 inches.
Price: $150.00

 

Lynx or Bobcat Skull Replica
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) The Bobcat is found in forest, mountain areas, semideserts, deserts and brushland. Details of the nasal bones allow ready separation of Bobcat from Lynx.

Length of skull: 5.0 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

African Lion (Panthera leo) The African Lion is familiar to everyone. The skull of the Lion is very similar to that of the Tiger, and only subtle differences separate them. Now found only in Africa, there was until recent times an Asia population, and in the Pleistocene a population of American Lion.

Length of skull: 13.5 inches.
Price: $280.00

 

North American Lion (Panthera leo atrox) Extinct.

Length of skull: 18.3 inches.
Price: $480.00

 

Saber-toothed Cat (Smilodon fatalis) The famous extinct cat from Rancho La Brea, California.

Length of skull: 13.5 inches.
Price: $280.00

 

North American Lynx (Lynx canadensis) The lynx of northern North America.

Length of skull 5.3 inches.
Price: $79.00

 

Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) The Indian Tiger, now severely endangered, figures in many stories about explorers in India. Tales of man-eating tigers abound, and there is no doubt that tigers will prey on humans.

Length of skull: 12.8 inches.
Price: $280.00

 

Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) The clouded leopard has the longest canines of any cat, and a lower jaw structure remeniscent of the Saber-toothed Cat.

Length of skull: 6.7 inches.
Price: $139.00

 

Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensis) Native to the forests of India and Asia.

Length of skull: 3.5 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

Ocelot (Felis pardalis)

Length of skull: 5.3 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

Pallas Cat (Felis manul)

Length of skull: 3.3 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

Caracal (Felis caracal) Adult female skull.

Length of skull: 4.9 inches.
Price: $79.00

 

Asian Jungle Cat (Felis chaus)

Length of skull: 4.2 inches.
Price: $79.00

 

Black-footed Cat (Felis nigripes)

Length of skull: 3.7 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

Asian Golden Cat (Felis temmincki)

Length of skull: 4 inches.
Price: $79.00

 

Fishing Cat (Felis viverinus)

Length of skull: 4.7 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx)

Length of skull: 4.2 inches.
Price: $79.00

 

Gordons Wildcat (Felis sylvestris gordoni)

Length of skull: 3.7 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

Jaguarundi (Felis yaguarondi)

Length of skull: 5.9 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

Margay (Felis wiedii) Female skull.

Length of skull: 3.7 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus platyceps)

Length of skull: 3.9 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

Serval (Felis serval)

Length of skull: 5.0 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

African Golden Cat (Felis aurata)

Length of skull: 5.2 inches.
Price: $79.00

 

Wildcat (Felis sylvestris)

Length of skull: 3.6 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

Domestic Cat (Felis domesticus)

Length of skull: 3.8 inches.
Price: $59.00

 

References for Felids:

A nice reference to the big cats, including living cats and their fossil relatives, is:

Turner, Alan and Mauricio Anton The Big Cats and their Fossil Relatives, 1997.

The most recent general review of all the living felids, though a bit technical, is:

Salles, Leandro O., " Felid Phylogenetics: Extant Taxa and Skull Morphology (Felidae, Aeluroidea)" American Museum Novitates Number 3047, 1992


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