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Carnivora
Flesh Eating Mammals
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Carnivorans are primarily terrestrial and usually have strong sharp claws, with never fewer than four toes on each foot, and well-developed, prominent canine teeth, cheek teeth (premolars and molars) that generally have cutting edges. The last premolar of the upper jaw and first molar of the lower are termed the carnassials or sectorial teeth. These are blade-like teeth that occlude (close) with a scissor-like action for shearing and shredding meat. Carnassials are most highly developed in the Felidae and the least developed in the Ursidae. Carnivorans have six incisors and two conical canines in each jaw. The only two exceptions to this are the sea otter (Enhydra lutris), which has four incisors in the lower jaw, and the sloth bear (Melursus ursinus), which has four incisors in the upper jaw. The number of molars and premolars is variable between carnivoran species, but all teeth are deeply rooted and are diphyodont. Incisors are retained by carnivorans and the third incisor is commonly large and sharp (canine-like). Carnivorans have either four or five digits on each foot, with the first digit on the forepaws, also known as the dew claw, being vestigial in most species and absent in some.

Carnivora :
Feliformia - Cat-like Carnivores
Caniformia

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Carnivora
Flesh Eating Mammals
Ferae
Carnivore-like Mammals
Laurasiatheria
Placental Mammals
Eutheria
True Beasts
Theria
Live Young
Mammalia
Mammals
Tetrapoda
Four Feet
Tetrapodomorpha
Four Legs
Sarcopterygii
Gnathostomata
Jaws
Vertebrata
Vertibrates
Chordata
Chords
Deuterostomia
Mouth Second
Bilateria
Two-Way Symmetry
Eumetazoa
True Higher Animals
Animalia
Animals
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus

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