Monday, 17 December 2012

Saber-toothed cat fossils found near Las Vegas



Researchers say a pair of fossils unearthed in the hills north of Las Vegas belonged to a saber-toothed cat. A team from California's San Bernardino County Museum identified the fossils dug up as being front leg bones from the extinct predator.


Kathleen Springer, the museum's senior curator, says the saber-tooth fossils are thought to be approximately 15,590 years old. The discovery marks the first of its kind in the fossil-rich Upper Las Vegas Wash. Springer heads a team that's been studying the wash for a decade and been collecting fossils there since 2008.


She says the bones of Las Vegas' only known saber-toothed cat are still being studied. There are no immediate plans to display them, but Springer expects that to happen eventually.




No comments:

Post a Comment