Distribution of lynx species. Orange=Northern; Red=Iberian; Purple=Canadian; Green=Bobcat Image via Wikimedia Commons
Here at TwilightBeasts we like to focus on the Pleistocene. That magic time when everything was bigger, badder, and weirder than now. But it’s a simple fact that every species now extant must have had an ancestor during the Pleistocene. That fact is true for us, and its true for lynx. The four species of the Lynx genus are an interesting bunch. Smallest, and the basal member of the group, is the north American bobcat (Lynx rufus), a medium-sized felid slightly bigger than a housecat and renowned for its ferocity. Although this doesn’t seem to have stopped them being kept as pets by some native americans. Not available on eBay.
Next in the group is the Canadian lynx (Lynx canadensis), famous for its supposed dependence on the snowshoe hare, and cyclical population growth.
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