Scientists Discover Oldest Big Cat Fossil Found in Tibet

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.

Scientists Discover Oldest Big Cat Fossil Found in Tibet

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.
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