Killer Kitty


“Three South African scientists believe they have identified several predators that preyed upon human ancestors millions of years ago.
The potential hominid killers include Megantereon, an extinct saber-toothed cat with oversize fangs, the leopard, and spotted hyena.

Archaeologists Julia Lee-Thorp and Nikolaas van der Merwe of the University of Cape Town, and paleontologist Francis Thackeray of the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, South Africa, believe these carnivores were stalking and killing early hominids on the South African savanna 2.5 million years ago.”

Killer Cats Hunted Human Ancestors

Shaun Smillie in Johannesburg
for National Geographic News
May 20, 2002

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