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

@article{Barnett2005EvolutionOT,
  title={Evolution of the extinct Sabretooths and the American cheetah-like cat},
  author={R. Barnett and I. Barnes and M. Phillips and L. Mart{\'i}n and C. Harington and J. Leonard and A. Cooper},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={15},
  pages={R589-R590}
}
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… Expand
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