Evolution of the extinct Sabretooths and the American cheetah-like cat

  title={Evolution of the extinct Sabretooths and the American cheetah-like cat},
  author={Ross Barnett and I. Barnes and M. Phillips and L. Mart{\'i}n and C. Harington and J. Leonard and A. Cooper},
  journal={Current Biology},
  • Ross Barnett, I. Barnes, +4 authors A. Cooper
  • Published 2005
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Current Biology
  • The sabretooths (Smilodon and Homotherium) and the American cheetah-like cat (Miracinonyx) were the top predators in Late Pleistocene America, but became extinct about 13 thousand years ago. As the evolutionary history of these taxa remains poorly understood , we analysed their phylogenetic relationship to extant felids. In contrast to previous molecular studies , our results show that the sabretooths diverge early and are not closely related to any living cats. This supports their… CONTINUE READING
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