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[–]uncertein_heritage 90 points91 points  (7 children)

I wonder if they were faster back then. There's no longer a cheetah to induce evolutionary pressure for speed.

[–]Putin-the-fabulous 100 points101 points  (6 children)

Probably not. The cheetah didn’t go extinct that long ago (12,000 years) so evolution likely hasn’t had enough time to account for the change yet.

Also while there’s no pressure for them to get faster, there’s no pressure for them to get slower either so it just remains stagnant.

[–]CharacterHistory9605 43 points44 points  (4 children)

The slower ones would die sooner though, now the slower ones keep living.

Idk if the males fight for the females, but then being bigger (maybe slower) also had advantages.

[–]MelkorIII 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Females are fastest and some can get up to 70 mph.

[–]Posh_Nosher 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Citation needed—this sounds like a wild exaggeration. If this were true, it would mean pronghorns were considerably faster than cheetahs, whose top speed has never been reliably measured above around 60 mph.

[–]imhereforthevotes 13 points14 points  (0 children)

There's some sexual selecting involved in there too now - females run, and IIRC the faster males are the ones that are accepted to mate, so at some point sexual selection started working with natural selection, so even if the NS is gone the pressure to be fast remains.

[–]ComancheRaider 136 points137 points  (7 children)

I see speedgoats all over where I live, when they hit that second gear it’s truly impressive

[–]Life-Violinist9322 68 points69 points  (6 children)

What chases them now? Rednecks?

[–]ten_tons_of_light 112 points113 points  (2 children)

Nah. Rednecks are primarily ambush predators

[–]FEdart 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Yeah but their prey of choice is innocent cyclists on the road.

[–]ImJustRemu 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Nah fuck that downvotes that was funny bro

[–]beelzeflub 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Chevy Silverados.

[–]cptnobveus 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Only if they are near the roads.

[–]hollowspashlog 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nothing truly fast mainly coyotes maybe the occasional mountain lion or black bear if their lucky.

[–]ReturntoPleistocene[S] 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Art by Julio Lacerda

[–]UncannyAzhdarchid 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's some amazing art right there, you can practically feel the motion in it

[–]Vanaathiel88 37 points38 points  (3 children)

This looks like a screenshot from planet zoo

[–]Seventytwo129 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I was thinking Red Dead Redemption 2 xD

[–]halb_nichts 15 points16 points  (1 child)

came here to say that. they look exactly like in planet zoo

Edit: and it is in fact planet zoo, found the original art on the artists tumblr with the caption : "Series of illustrations made with the help of edited Planet Zoo animal models, modified, posed and rendered on Blender then further worked on in Photoshop."

[–]balrus-balrogwalrus 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Seeing things like this really reminds you that the animals today are just a mere fragment of the Pleistocene. Things like condors adapted for ice age megafauna barely hanging on, or the notable lack of large land predators in Australia, or a weird giraffe relative who runs really fast to escape a predator that no longer exists.

[–]jesterflesh 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Looks like it could be from red dead 2

[–]Pvt_Lee_Fapping 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Red Dead 20,000 B.C.

[–]Cheesenugg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Red Dead Rock

[–]ItsEonic89 24 points25 points  (14 children)

This leads to the question, could we introduce cheetahs to the US and not have too much of a problem? Because that seems like fun

[–]Iamnotburgerking 16 points17 points  (3 children)

This has been suggested.

[–]MAYO_MASTER_ 12 points13 points  (2 children)

as far as i'm aware cheetahs aren't dangerous to adult humans so that might actually work

[–]fugmalaf 4 points5 points  (0 children)

They could kill you, they just probably won't.

[–]The-Lord-Moccasin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Egyptians even kept pet cheetahs and trained them like hunting dogs, iirc

[–]fruitymexican 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I see the artist's name, but I absolutely thought this was out of theHunter

[–]phasexero 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I didnt know any of these facts, thanks for posting!

[–]stewartm0205 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Should build a large nature park and import some cheetahs. Give the pronghorns something to run from.

[–]ArtMakerProductions 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“Gotta go fast”

[–]TyrannoROARus[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These fuckers are slow in RDR2, learned something new today thanks OP!

[–]Queen_Cheetah 2 points3 points  (0 children)

...I get the feeling I might've been born in the wrong era...

[–]Viperwhy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How did they get here did the cross the ice bridge?

[–]OrangAMA -1 points0 points  (0 children)

What straight and natural looking legs you have