Scientists Discover Oldest Big Cat Fossil Found in Tibet
Big cats have roamed the Earth for significantly longer than we once thought. Up until now, the oldest big cat fossil was recovered in Tanzania and dated to approximately 3.7 million years ago. But just recently, scientists discover oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet, and it is about 4.4 million years old.
4.4 million years is a relatively short period of time for the planet, but mind boggling to imagine. At that point in time Mammoths roamed the Earth.The fossil appears to be closely related to the snow leopard, and it’s believed to have evolved in Asia and spread over the world from there.The snow leopard is one of the world’s most endangered animals, and there is only around 4,500 left in the world.
~ Maria Sadowski ~
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1 thought on “Scientists Discover Oldest Big Cat Fossil Found in Tibet”
This is a very cool post. I’m always a fan of big cats. A good friend of mines takes pictures of mainly lions and tigers for a living. So I can appreciate this post. Thanks Jeanne!