TIL about the Cat Gap, a 7 million-year period from 18.5 million to 25 million years ago when cats became rare or nonexistent in the fossil record in North America

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Maybe they just stopped dying.


They evolved to space travel and left for Fuchal, the promised land.


Did they check for fossils in the back of closets, cabinets over the refrigerator, or the engine compartment of cars?


North America was the promised land for mice and rats at the time. The streets were made of cheese.


“The “Middle Miocene disruption” refers to a wave of extinctions of terrestrial and aquatic life forms that occurred following the Miocene Climatic Optimum (18 to 16 Ma),”