November 13, 2013

Fossil Skull Of Ancient Big Cat Unearthed In Tibet

Scientists announced they unearthed the oldest big cat fossil ever found. The fossil is a skull from a new species named Panthera blythae and dates back between 4 and 6 million years ago. Found in Tibet, it fills a gap in the “Pantherinae” subfamily, which includes lions, jaguars, tigers, and leopards. The find also points to the geographical context of evolution for these cats, suggesting the group evolved in central Asia and spread outward. The team discovered the skull in 2010 in the region between Pakistan and China and said the skull was “just lodged in the middle of a mess.”

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