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Dietary Flexibility May Have Helped Some Large Predators Survive After Last Ice Age
May 8, 2013
During the Late Pleistocene, a diverse assemblage of large-bodied mammals inhabited the "mammoth steppe" of northern Eurasia and Beringia. Of the large predators--wolves, bears and big cats--only the wolves and bears were able to maintain their ranges well after the end of the last ice age. A new study suggests that dietary flexibility may have been an important factor giving wolves and bears an edge over saber-toothed cats and cave lions.
University of California, Santa Cruz
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