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Evidence Contradicts Idea That Starvation Caused Saber-Tooth Cat Extinction


Science & Tech  (tags: study, research, archaeology, ancient, investigation, science, scientists )

Kevin
- 557 days ago - sciencedaily.com
In the period just before they went extinct, the American lions and saber-toothed cats that roamed North America in the late Pleistocene were living well off the fat of the land.



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Patricia E. G. (78)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 12:53 am
Thank you Kevin for the history lesson on the ancient Big Cats.
 

Nyack Clancy (426)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 1:02 am
They didn'r just go "extinct"- they evolved into today's mountain lion and other big cats found on the north and south American continents.
 

Kevin A. (68)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 1:58 am
Pat yw.
Nyack, part of what I love about science is that there seem to be no absolutes. At this point virtually everything I learned as fact in school, four decades ago, has been rebutted or amended, or debunked as lies so I often find myself looking at these new theories with the same wonder i had all those years ago. What bothers me is that when the generation that followed mine was saying we didn't know anything, they were it seems now in many ways correct.

the last I had read on the American lions was that they had migrated at some point to Africa along with the cheetah. The remnants succumbing to humans while the saber-tooth had supposedly lost its primary food source. The only extant cat that I am aware of that exhibits saber-tooth characteristics is the smaller Asian clouded leopard. That may suggest yet another migration and an evolutionary reduction in size.
Sabertooth characters in the clouded leopard
 

Cristina M. (130)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 2:31 am
Quite interesting. Thanks Kevin!
 

katarzyna phillips (6)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 10:35 am
i love it when a part of history or 'fact' has to be re-written and someone was wrong! getting better knowledge will help our race understand extinctions that are happening today
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 12:33 pm
Interesting. Thanks Kevin.
 

Bruno Moreira (61)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 3:59 pm
noted
 

Jane Mckenzie (20)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 4:30 pm
noted
 

Nirvana Jaganath (26)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 9:48 pm
Thanks
 

Quanta Kiran (63)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 10:40 pm
Noted
 

Dandelion G. (375)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 8:50 am
Thank you. I can only hope that humans learn from this dire warning given at the end of the article.

"While we can not determine the exact cause of their demise, it is unlikely that the extinction of these cats was a result of gradually declining prey (due either to changing climates or human competition) because their teeth tell us that these cats were not desperately consuming entire carcasses, as we had expected, and instead seemed to be living the 'good life' during the late Pleistocene, at least up until the very end."

For those who think they are living the "good life" one best understand, that nothing is a given. Appreciate your life it is truly a "gift"......

 
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