Horse was on the menu for sabre-tooth tigers

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THE diet of Sabre- tooth tigers was horses.

By studying fossil sites in Cerro de los Batallones near Madrid, researchers found the big cats – which lived nine million years ago – had a taste for prehistoric horses. The skeletons of two sabre-toothed tigers – one the size of a modern day leopard and the other a tiger – were studied including the carbon from the animals’ tooth enamel.

“Analysis indicated that horses were very feasible prey of these cats,” said Dr Soledad Domingo of the University of Michigan. “The smaller cat probably incorporated additional prey species from more dense woodland,” the scientists added.

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