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Oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet


The skull fragments of the newly-named Panthera blytheae have been dated between 4.1 and 5.95 million years old.

Their discovery in Tibet supports the theory that big cats evolved in central Asia - not Africa - and spread outward.

The findings by US and Chinese palaeontologists are published in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B.

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This ties up a lot of questions we had on how big cats evolved and spread throughout the world”

End Quote Dr Jack Tseng University of Southern California

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