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Ice age predators didn't starve to death

Posted on Thursday, 27 December, 2012 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Scientists have determined that ice age predators were not wiped out due to a lack of food.

Beasts such as saber-toothed cats and the American lion were long thought to have been wiped out by a lack of food brought about by human hunting and climate change, but a new study of their teeth seems to have ruled this out. Using the latest techniques, scientists examining the teeth from such animals have discovered that the last surviving generations would have had more than enough food to keep them alive.

"While we cannot determine the exact cause of their demise, it is unlikely that the extinction of these cats was a result of gradually declining prey," said Study leader Dr Larisa DeSantis. "Their teeth tell us that these cats were not desperately consuming entire carcasses, as we had expected, and instead seemed to be living the good life during the late Pleistocene, at least up until the very end."

"Sabre-toothed cats and other Ice Age predators were well fed and flourishing just before they died out, according to new research."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Hasina on 27 December, 2012, 13:29
LMAO Still Waters, when I read the thread title I thought 'well, they were alive until they were dead.'
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters on 27 December, 2012, 14:21
LMAO Still Waters, when I read the thread title I thought 'well, they were alive until they were dead.' I just copied the heading from the article, but on first glance it does read a bit funny
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword on 27 December, 2012, 15:15
Oh come now - " long thought to have been wiped out by a lack of food brought about by human hunting and climate change" Alarmist global warming 'human bad' propaganda, thankfully put to rest by actual science. Now all we need is the real reason Ice Age Predators went extinct. I vote act of God.
Comment icon #4 Posted by pitchp on 27 December, 2012, 16:01
We all gotta go sometime
Comment icon #5 Posted by calaf on 27 December, 2012, 23:04
"...and if the moonshine don't get me, I'll live 'til I die"
Comment icon #6 Posted by socrates.junior on 28 December, 2012, 18:05
No mystery that the Pliocene-Pleistocene boundary was bad news for the megafauna. But when I learned about it, there wasn't much emphasis placed on the human involvement in it. Much more a function of the glaciation. Not a huge mystery... EDIT: I also have always had a problem with the overkill theory. For that theory to make any sense, Africa would've been wiped out of megafauna the fastest of any continent. And that obviously didn't happen.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 28 December, 2012, 22:35
as I always say,I WANT ONE !
Comment icon #8 Posted by CrazyLa on 29 December, 2012, 8:54
A Time-Travel, Missing-Link, & Alien-Invasion Wonder Time-Travel: Might fit information not be bound by time & space & so occur anywhere? If also questions & answers crystallize simultaniously tho at different times, might then it be also that history expands behind us as does universe ahead, & from the beginning all not be complete yet? Wonder without manmade machines do we time travel, back into the past, even anywhere, & all the time even civilisation at a time, & are we & environment no less information what can't be bound? ..Does to be careful of ourselves ... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by CrazyLa on 30 December, 2012, 5:31
(..continued from above) .. um, would this mean if children spent fewer generations than us came back in the next spontanious generation of us instead of us , that they would b from the underworld like neanderthals&sabortooth would b if they'd continued on into lion&man teritory?

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