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Evolution's Top 10 Coolest Tricks!

By Becky Ferreira Mar 19, 2013

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Speed

Most big cats rely on stealth alone to hunt their victims, but the cheetah evolved something else: the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 faster than a Ferrari! With a top speed of 70 miles/hour, the cheetah is paws-down the fastest land animal living today. Their entire body supports this special adaptation: they are lightweight, have incredibly efficient cardiac systems, and are as flexible as their dodge-happy prey. They may be the spokescat for Cheetos, but you won't see any excess fat on these cats.

Tags: animals, jellyfish, slideshows, nature, life, evolution

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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