Tiny Ancestor of Lions, Tigers & Bears Discovered (Oh My!)

January 6, 2014 7:03 PM

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Tiny Ancestor of Lions, Tigers & Bears Discovered (Oh My!)

Lions, tigers, bears and even loyal pups and playful kitties all come from the same line of carnivorous mammals, a lineage whose origins are lost in time. Now, scientists have discovered one of the earliest ancestors of all modern carnivores in Belgium.

The new species, Dormaalocyon latouri, was a 2-pound (1 kilogram) tree-dweller that likely fed on even smaller mammals and insects.

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