Thursday, 24 April 2014

Cougars’ diverse diet helped them survive the mass extinction that wiped out the saber-tooth cat, American lion

Date:
April 22, 2014

Source:
Vanderbilt University

Summary:
Cougars may have survived the mass extinction that took place about 12,000 years ago because they were not particular about what they ate, unlike their more finicky cousins the saber-tooth cat and American lion who perished, according a new analysis of the microscopic wear marks on the teeth of fossil cougars, saber-tooth cats and American lions.


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