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Saber-toothed cats did not starve to death, say researchers

December 27, 2012

Saber-toothed cats did not starve to death, say researchers

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found evidence suggesting that saber-toothed cats were not driven to extinction due to starvation.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University say they have found evidence that saber-toothed cats did not starve to death. They believe that the American lions and saber-toothed cats that roamed North America in the late Pleistocene had plenty of food to eat.

According to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Danish paleontologist Peter Wilhelm Lund was the first person to describe the Saber-toothed cat from fossils he found in a cave in Lagoa Santa, Brazil, in 1842. While the public typically thinks of the saber-toothed cat as a bloodthirsty tiger, the prehistoric cat has more in common with today’s modern African lion.

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