Quick Answer: What Animal Did Hyenas Evolve From?


Did hyenas evolve from wolves?

Around 10 million years ago, some hyaenids evolved into “running hyenas” who were better adapted to running down their prey like wolves than to crushing bones and scavenging; others became more like small wolves or jackals, pursuing a scavenging and rodent-hunting lifestyle.

What kind of animal is a hyena?

Hyenas are not members of the dog or cat families. Instead, they are so unique that they have a family all their own, Hyaenidae. There are four members of the Hyaenidae family: the striped hyena, the “giggly” spotted hyena, the brown hyena, and the aardwolf (it’s a hyena, not a wolf).

Can hyenas breed with cats?

They are different species and can not interbreed. Hyenas are more closely related to cats than canines despite their appearance. Dogs also are the most genetically diverse species in behavior and body type of any other animal today. This of course is due to human breeding practice for specific purposes.

By taxonomy, hyenas are closer to cats than dogs. Hyenas are part of the Order Carnivora together with cats and dogs, but hyenas and cat are part of the Suborder Feliformia. A few genetic analysis have show that cats and hyenas share a more recent commune ancestor and therefore they are closer related.

Can a wolf beat a hyena?

A wolf weights 80-150 pounds, a hyena weights 120-200 pounds so they have a size advantage also they bite much harder. The only thing the wolf has in advantage is probably their thick fur. Hyena would destroy both rounds.

Would a wolf beat a hyena?

The Spotted hyena is even bigger and would thus be a good match against the European wolves. Still, the largest European wolves would definitely be a challenge for hyenas. While a wolf has an average bite force of 400 pounds, it can go to over 1200 pounds if it needs to. That’s slightly more force than a hyena has!