HomeCat HistorySabre-toothed cats genetically suited to endurance hunting


Sabre-toothed cats genetically suited to endurance hunting — 1 Comment

  1. As a child in the Los Angeles area of California in the early 1960’s we often went on field trips (outings supervised by teachers. I don’t know if the term “field trip” is an Americanism) to the La Brea tarpits and its attached museum which exhibited the retrieved skeletons of animals which had blundered into the tarpits in the last 40,000 years. The animals mistook it for an ordinary pond and were getting a drink when they got stuck. There were also many sabertooth tiger skeletons exhibited. They saw large animals stuck there and jumped on them, but they soon got stuck themselves. This seems to me to be analogous to the way modern big cats hunt, it didn’t seem that they ran these large animals down. But they could’ve just been taking advantage of a seemingly fortuitous, to them, opportunity and this way not the way these cats normally hunted.

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