Sabre-toothed cats prowled Europe 200,000 years after supposedly going extinct

Sabre-toothed cats existed in Europe for hundreds of thousands of years longer than previously thought, according to a study1 that settles a long-running debate among palaeontologists. The authors also found evidence that Homotherium latidens, a Eurasian sabretooth, and Homotherium serum from North America are genetically almost indistinguishable.

The findings are part of a project that used partial genome reconstructions to examine the evolutionary history of Homotherium sabre-toothed cats, which had smaller, more serrated fangs than Smilodon — the sabretooth most people think of, with its long fangs. | Read more ...

Rachael Lallensack