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The spotted Hyneas, or crocuta crocuta, found through sub- [#permalink]
25 Feb 2010, 17:28
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The spotted Hyneas, or crocuta crocuta, found through sub-saharan africa, is, contrary to the popular belief, one of the natures firecest predators. Some early tribes mistook the hyneas distinctive call, which some have equated to hysterical human laughter, for the cries of the lost souls, while many others associated the animal with the lords of the underworld. In modern movies, the hyena has most often been caricatured as a buffoon like creature or a villain, preying on the weak. These beliefs have led to the common fallacy that the hyena is primarily a scavenger. The reality however is that hyenas are predators first and scavengers only through need.
Hyena physiology may look comical but it is designed for pure power. It has been postulated that the jaws of a fully grown hyena are potentially capable of exerting a bite force of 1000 pound, which would give it one of the most powerful grips in the animal world. The hyenas heart is equally powerful, enabling an adult to run at a steady rate of six miles per hour, with burst of upto thirty miles per hour. In the wild, hyneas tend to hunt in packs led by a matriarch and have been known to bring down animals as large as cape buffalo. It seems that, in the case of the hyena, appearences can be certainly deceiving.
Q The passage suggests that a. the hyena is a more devastating predator than is the cape buffalo b. Only villainous animals acts as scavengers c. hyneas are able to live in a variety of enviornments d. it is never wise to make assumptions about a wild animal e. early tribal beliefs regarding hyneas were negative
I really don't like any of the answer choices but I believe D comes closest. Is there an explanation for the OA?
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d. it is never wise to make assumptions about a wild animal - there are many assumptions made, but corrected by the author. - CORRECT e. early tribal beliefs regarding hyneas were negative - the author uses the tribal belief as an example to begin with. this is only part of a sentence.
The passage talks about hyena physical appears and its power. Also it explains the belief on hyena's behaviour in the ancient worlds and how modern world caricatures hyena. But no where it gives hint about its living in different environments.
I stongly feel D is the answer. I would be interested to see any explanations supporting the OA.
alright this one is from Princeton 1012. The OA is c which I eliminated in the first pass..
here is the reasoning (condensed form) The passage mentions that hyenas are found through sub-saharan africa which is a big region which suggests that hyenas are able to live in variety of environment.