Skeletal trauma reflects hunting behaviour in extinct sabre-tooth cats and dire wolves

  title={Skeletal trauma reflects hunting behaviour in extinct sabre-tooth cats and dire wolves},
  author={C. Brown and Mairin A. Balisi and Christopher A. Shaw and Blaire van Valkenburgh},
  journal={Nature Ecology \&Evolution},
Skeletal-injury frequency and distribution are likely to reflect hunting behaviour in predatory vertebrates and might therefore differ between species with distinct hunting modes. Two Pleistocene predators from the Rancho La Brea asphalt seeps, the sabre-tooth cat, Smilodon fatalis, and dire wolf, Canis dirus, represent ambush and pursuit predators, respectively. On the basis of a collection of over 1,900 pathological elements, the frequency of traumatic injury across skeletal elements in these… 
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