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Cougars' diverse diet helped them survive the Pleistocene mass extinction


April 22, 2014

image of a cougars' face Cougars may have survived the mass extinction that took place about 12,000 years ago because they were not particular about what they ate, unlike their more finicky cousins the saber-tooth cat and American lion, who perished, according a new analysis of the microscopic wear marks on the teeth of fossil cougars, saber-tooth cats and American lions. Full Story

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