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Predatory mammals, 19th century

Predatory mammals, 19th century

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Predatory mammals. African lion (Panthera leo), and a tiger (Panthera tigris). The taxonomy used here is archaic, placing the lion and tiger in the genus Felis, and using the synonym Hyaena vulgaris for the hyena. The hyena, found in Africa, is primarily a scavenger though it will also hunt. The lion and tiger are carnivorous predators, large cats found in Africa and Asia respectvely. Artwork from 'Encyclopaedia Metropolitana', an encyclopedia published in London between 1817 and 1845. Thirty volumes were issued in 59 parts, with 22,426 pages and 565 plates.

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