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But why melanism evolved in cats is a trickier question.
The animal is melanistic—its genes carry a mutation that creates more dark pigment than light pigment, according to Eduardo Eizirik, a biologist and cat-melanism expert at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.
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Medical Definition of melanism
1: an increased amount of black or nearly black pigmentation (as of skin, feathers, or hair) of an individual or kind of organism
2: intense human pigmentation in skin, eyes, and hair
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