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What are a Tiger's closest relatives?

Asked by NostalgicChills (2779points) April 1st, 2011

What are a Tiger’s closest relatives or evolutionary history?

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syz's avatar

Here’s Phylogeography and Genetic Ancestry of Tigers

kingdom; animalia
phylum:chordata
class;mammalia
order;carnivora
family;felidae
genus;panthera

Look for other member of the genus and you’ll find the closest relatives, then up to the family, etc. And do your own homework ;)

NostalgicChills's avatar

Thank you! Both links were very helpful!

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lifeflame's avatar

@cazzie
So basically, leopards, jaguars and lions…
:) meow.

FluffyChicken's avatar

also, Charlie Sheen… He has Tiger’s blood you know.

Sorry couldn’t resist.

I’m going to agree with @jlelandg on the lyger, as well as a tiglon

syz's avatar

@FluffyChicken Tigons and ligers are artificial constructs that never occur naturally. They are not a species, but a hybrid, created for the amusement of man.

FluffyChicken's avatar

I’m guessing from your profile pic that you should know. :D
I would then assume that Asian Lions would be the closest relative since they are close by and a very similar cat of the same genus.

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