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MikeWhalen
10-23-2017, 03:24 PM
Yikes...one side tidbit from this is when humans first moved into Europe, they might have had contact (to put it nicely) with the big Sabre tooth cats

"Researchers who've analyzed the complete mitochondrial genomes from ancient samples representing two species of saber-toothed cats have a new take on the animals' history over the last 50,000 years. The data suggest that the saber-toothed cats shared a common ancestor with all living cat-like species about 20 million years ago. The two saber-toothed cat species under study diverged from each other about 18 million years ago."

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171019143018.htm

Mike