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in 2019 and 2020 i became a huge paleo nerd when i started doing research for Stoneheart's feral fauna.
I've always had a fascination for prehistoric life, but starting to truly digging into the subject introduced me to so many critters i never would've guessed ever existed. Also makes me grateful that no matter how damn nature u scary it be nowadays, at least i didn't share a time epoch or continent with the thylacoleo. Like, imagine an apex predator with incisors instead of fangs.

Anyhow, i was excited for this prompt as i knew i wanted to draw an anthro of some extinct mammal, and after considering some of my super hipster faves like the andrewsarchus, gorgonopsidae, calicotherium, thylacoleo etc, i decided to settle on a species dubbed miracinonyx, or the American Cheetah.

The american cheetah's fossil record is sadly quite lacking, and we really don't much about the genus. However, there is a possibility that their existence left its mark visible even to this day.
Enter: the American Pronghorn.

American Pronghorns are the second fastest land mammal in terms of speed, second only to the African Cheetah. They clearly evolved to outrun pursuit predators, there is only one problem. Modern day america lacks pursuit predators. The pronghorns are simply way faster than they need to be, as neither bears, wolves, mountain lions, coyotes, jaguars, etc etc, hunts down their prey by pursuit.
So, why would they ever need to be this fast? Unless there once existed a speedy pursuit predator, such as the miracinonyx.
But hey, that's just a theory! A paleo theory!

Anyhow, here's a tribal american cheetah hunter, because i think they're neat~
As we have no way of knowing what these animals looked like i tried to make her look like a more long haired and less spotty modern cheetah ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Published: 1 year, 3 months ago
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1 year, 3 months ago
I had never heard of the American cheetah until I purchased and watched a DVD called "Prehistoric America".  The narrator said almost the exact same thing you said about the American pronghorn and why it evolved to run so fast.  The interesting thing is that the pronghorn can run at 40+ mph for a lot longer than the African cheetah can run.  That gives me the impression that perhaps the American cheetah might have been able to run at speed for longer than its African cousin can run.

BTW, I'm glad that you chose something other than a dinosaur to use as the extinct example.
1 year, 3 months ago
likewise, the first time i ever heard about them was on Ben G Thomas' youtube channel. It's for reasons like this i wish we had time travel, cuz i'd love to see these animals in action so very bad <3

heh, thank you! While i do have a place in my heart for dinosaurs too, i've always felt more drawn to the ancient mammals from the eocene and forwards. Megafauna is criminally underrated imo <3
1 year, 3 months ago
The American lion is another underreported ancient mammal.  It was about 10 - 20% bigger than the Barbary lion (the largest African species).  For some reason, the American versions of other mammals were larger than their European or African cousins.
1 year, 3 months ago
well it's as we say in europe; "everything is bigger in the US" XD
but yeah, that is an interesting thing! I wonder why that is, if it's because of landmass size, climate, species population density etc etc
although if i'm not mistaken, the eurasian cave lion was also a fairly bit bigger than the barbary lion, but i'm not 100% sure
1 year, 3 months ago
No, you're right.  In fact, there's speculation that the European cave lion is, in actuality, the same species as the American lion.  Of course, the difference is that the European lion lived in caves and the American lion didn't due to a lack of caves on the plains where they lived.

"well it's as we say in europe; "everything is bigger in the US""  Including egos.  (I have to admit to the truth.  Most Americans have humongous egos.)
1 year, 3 months ago
ah, well that'd make sense! It wouldn't be the first time for that either~

hehe, yeahhh... i'm painfully aware :')
1 year, 3 months ago
Oh she is cute!
1 year, 3 months ago
thank you! :D
1 year, 3 months ago
I never knew that about the Pronghorn!  It does stir the imagination.  
Thanks for sharing the information and the art!
1 year, 3 months ago
indeed it does! I'm happy to have spread a lil bit more knowledge about the fascinating creatures on the planet, both currently alive and gone ^^
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