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Image 1 - Modern Coyotes Much Smaller Than Their Ice Age Ancestors
2012-02-28 08:54:40

A new fossil study of North American Ice Age coyotes finds that modern coyotes are much smaller in size today than they were several during the Ice Age. Researchers studying museum collections of coyote skeletons dating from 38,000 years ago to the present day found the surprising change in size and have developed several theories as to why it occurred. Study co-author Julie Meachen of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham, North Carolina says,...

Prehistoric Toothy Predators Had Beefier Arm Bones
2012-01-04 10:51:55

[ Watch the Video ] The combination of colossal canines and forceful forelimbs arose repeatedly over time, says a new study The toothiest prehistoric predators also had beefier arm bones, finds a new fossil study. Sabertooth tigers may come to mind, but these extinct cats weren't the only animals with fearsome fangs. Take the false sabertooth cats – also known as nimravids – and their catlike cousins, a family of carnivores called the Barbourofelidae. Both of these...


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