Scientists find oldest big cat fossil ever in Tibet

November 15, 2013 1:48 PM

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Big cats are abundant in the wilds of the Earth today. Africa alone has a number of big cat species such as lions, tigers, and many other varieties. A group of researches have discovered the fossilized remains of an ancient big cat in the Himalaya mountains. According to the researchers, the fossilized remains are of the oldest big cat species ever discovered.

The fossilized remains are skull fragments from a species that was previously unknown called Panthera blytheae. The fossils were dated to between 4.1 million and 5.95 million years old. The discovery was made in Tibet and since they are the oldest big cat remains ever found, they suggest that big ca...

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