New Species of Cat Discovered in Brazil

Given that they aren’t exactly microscopic in size, you’d think we would know about all species of cats, but it appears that we don’t. According to a study in Current Biology published today, scientists have just discovered that two populations of Tigrina previously believed to be one species do not actually interbreed and are therefore two separate species.

Eduardo Eizirik, the study’s head author, reports that there is still so much unknown about the natural world, “even in groups that are supposed to be well-characterized, such as cats,” he says.

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