Newly discovered saber-toothed cat found in southern California
(CNN) - A newly discovered species of prehistoric cat was unearthed in southern California.
On Tuesday, the San Diego Natural History Museum unveiled the fossilized jaw and teeth from a species found in San Diego County.
Scientists believe the saber-toothed animal lived over 40 million years ago and was about the size of a bobcat. It was also one of the first species to have an exclusively meat-based diet.
They say the new kind of hunter was a part of a mysterious group of animals that are now completely extinct.
Researchers believe the predator’s traits still live on in “true cats” that are hyper-carnivores, including some house cats.
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