20,000 years ago, two American cheetahs fought to the death in a Grand Canyon cave

About 20,000 years ago, in a cliff cave in the Grand Canyon, two American cheetahs fought with their teeth against claws. The victor is well-known in history, but one of the big cats, a young one that was bitten through the spine, may have died when it fell to the cave floor, leaving bones and fragments of mummy tissue.

Now, the remains of this hapless cat, along with fossils from two other Grand Canyon caves, have revealed that the American leopard is extinct.Miracinonyx trumani) may not have been fast sprinters in the flatlands of modern Africa leopards (Acinonyx jubilant). Instead, these cats may be more like today’s snow Leopards (Panthera uncia), prowling cliffs and rocky areas and eating mainly mountain goats and bighorn sheep.

https://www.livescience.com/american-cheetah-fossils-grand-canyon 20,000 years ago, two American cheetahs fought to the death in a Grand Canyon cave

Russell Falcon

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