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16×20 colored pencil (all the greys) and acrylic for the whiskers. Original unavailable and in a private collection.

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The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large-sized feline (family Felidae, subfamily Felinae) inhabiting most of Africa and parts of the Middle East.
The genus name, Acinonyx, means “no-move-claw” in Greek, while the species name, jubatus, means “maned” or “crested” in Latin, a reference to the dorsal crest found in cheetah cubs.
The cheetah has unusually low genetic variability. This is accompanied by a very low sperm count, motility, and deformed flagella. Skin grafts between unrelated cheetahs illustrate the former point in that there is no rejection of the donor skin. It is thought that the species went through a prolonged period of inbreeding following a genetic bottleneck during the last ice age. This suggests that genetic monomorphism did not prevent the cheetah from flourishing across two continents for thousands of years.
The cheetah likely evolved in Africa during the Miocene epoch (26 million to 7.5 million years ago), before migrating to Asia. Recent research has placed the last common ancestor of all existing populations as living in Asia 11 million years ago, which may lead to revision and refinement of existing ideas about cheetah evolution.
The now-extinct species include: Acinonyx pardinensis (Pliocene epoch), much larger than the modern cheetah and found in Europe, India, and China; Acinonyx intermedius (mid-Pleistocene period), found over the same range. The extinct genus Miracinonyx was extremely cheetah-like, but recent DNA analysis has shown that Miracinonyx inexpectatus, Miracinonyx studeri, and Miracinonyx trumani (early to late Pleistocene epoch), found in North America and called the “North American cheetah” are not true cheetahs, instead being close relatives to the cougar (info from Wikipedia).

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I love what I do and I do what I love.. been drawing for over 60 years now – I hope I’ve got it right.

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  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 2 years ago

    You are an incredible artist Barb! This is amazing.

  • OMG! Coming from you.. I’m humbled.. thanks..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHesseover 2 years ago

    Perfectly titled and beautiful work Barbara!

  • So glad you agree and thanks so much!!

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Michael  Moss
    Michael Mossover 2 years ago

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    Sept 16 – 1 image per 24hrs
    Excellent work!

  • Macky
    Mackyover 2 years ago

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123over 2 years ago

  • Cathacat
    Cathacatover 2 years ago

    Beautiful Barb – he looks so alert, ready to chase his lunch….

  • Lou-Garew
    Lou-Garewover 2 years ago

    Truly incredible work.

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraover 2 years ago

    It looks extraordinary when seen small; but, when you blow it up to reach full size…then, the details are even more highly impressive! The 3D quality of the eyes; and, the amazing way you do fur; the proportions/etc. All, quite truly, FANTASTIC!!! ;-o

  • Oh my.. what a compliment… all I can say is thank you for appreciating my endeavors. I do try and it’s nice to see that some one noticed. Thanks again..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

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