Saber-Toothed Cat Fossils: 16,000-Year-Old Fossils Found In Las Vegas

on December 17, 2012 11:19 AM EST

Saber-toothed cat
Saber-toothed cat (Photo: Creative Commons)

Saber-toothed cat fossils, believed to be nearly 16,000 years old, were discovered in in Las Vegas earlier this year. The team of researchers from California's San Bernardino County Museum found a pair of fossilized saber-toothed cat legs in the Las Vegas hills, the first time these extremely rare saber-toothed cat fossils have been found in the area.

The saber-toothed cat fossils found in Las Vegas confirms the long-held theory that saber-toothed cats roamed the area millions of years ago, feasting on the abundance of mammoths, camels and bison that lived in what is now Las Vegas

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"We knew it had to be there," Kathleen Springer, senior curator for the museum, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "There was all this amazing lunch everywhere."

The saber-toothed cat fossils are the first ever found in the area, but research on them is still ongoing, with no plans to display the saber-toothed cat fossils in the works, according to Yahoo! News.

"To come up with a meat-eater (fossil) at all is unusual," Eric Scott, the museum's curator of paleontology said. It showcases the significance of the site, even in terms of the rare animals. We're pretty excited about it."

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