Navigation Links
Fossil of new big cat species discovered; oldest ever found
Date:11/13/2013

tween 4.10 and 5.95 million years old.

The new cat takes its name from Blythe, the snow-leopard-loving daughter of Paul and Heather Haaga, who are avid supporters of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The find not only challenges previous suppositions about the evolution of big cats, it also helps place that evolution in a geographical context. The find occurs in a region that overlaps the majority of current big cat habitats, and suggests that the group evolved in central Asia and spread outward.

In addition, recent estimates suggested that the genus Panthera (lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, and snow leopards) did not split from genus Neofelis (clouded leopards) until 3.72 million years ago which the new find disproves.

Tseng, his wife Juan Liu, and Takeuchi discovered the skull in 2010 while scouting in the remote border region between Pakistan and China an area that takes a bumpy seven-day car ride to reach from Beijing.

Liu found over one hundred bones that were likely deposited by a river eroding out of a cliff. There, below the antelope limbs and jaws, was the crushed but largely complete remains of the skull.

"It was just lodged in the middle of all that mess," Tseng said.

For the past three years, Tseng and his team have used both anatomical and DNA data to determine that the skull does, in fact, represent a new species.

They plan to return to the site where they found the skull in the summer to search for more specimens.

"We are in the business of discovery," said Wang, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the NHM; adjunct professor of geoscience and biology at USC; and research associate at AMNH. "We go out into the world in search of new fossils to illuminate the past."


'/>"/>

Contact: Robert Perkins
perkinsr@usc.edu
213-740-9226
University of Southern California
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Protecting living fossil trees
2. Dinosaur fossil: Even specialized predators didnt turn down free meals
3. Seismic zones, river deltas, landslides, fossil reptiles, and more new Geology science
4. Buy coal? New analysis shows purchasing fossil fuel deposits best way to fight climate change
5. Anthropologist finds explanation for hominin brain evolution in famous fossil
6. Ancient giant turtle fossil revealed
7. Scientists find gold-plated fossil solution
8. Human-like spine morphology found in aquatic eel fossil
9. Work starts on fossil fuel free cargo ship set to transform shipping industry
10. Fossil turtle from Colombia round like car tire
11. Fossil egg discovered in Lleida (Spain) links dinosaurs to modern birds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fossil of new big cat species discovered; oldest ever found
(Date:2/9/2015)... , Feb. 9, 2015  Lintec of America ... methods for carbon nanotube (CNT) macrostructures, including sheets, yarns ... Dallas (UTD). Leveraging the vast industrial resources ... Tokyo, Japan , Lintec of America is forming ... Richardson, TX , focusing on scaling up the ...
(Date:2/5/2015)... , Jan. 26, 2015 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... a biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile ... website ( http://www.nxt-id.com/ ) as part of its 2015 ... The Company launched its new consumer website for Wocketwallet.com ... , CEO of NXT-ID said, "Our new corporate website ...
(Date:2/5/2015)... , Jan. 28, 2015 Research and Markets ... addition of the "Global Biometrics Market (2014-2020): ... and Countries " report to their offering. ... Asia-Pacific is anticipated to overtake ... owing to increasing government spending towards IT security, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Lintec announces exclusive license to commercialize innovative carbon nanotube technology from the University of Texas at Dallas 2Lintec announces exclusive license to commercialize innovative carbon nanotube technology from the University of Texas at Dallas 3Lintec announces exclusive license to commercialize innovative carbon nanotube technology from the University of Texas at Dallas 4NXT-ID, Inc. Launches New Corporate Website As Part Of Ongoing 2015 Branding Initiatives For Wocket Smart Wallet 2NXT-ID, Inc. Launches New Corporate Website As Part Of Ongoing 2015 Branding Initiatives For Wocket Smart Wallet 3Global Biometrics Market (2014-2020): Market Forecast By Technologies, Applications, End Use, Regions and Countries 2Global Biometrics Market (2014-2020): Market Forecast By Technologies, Applications, End Use, Regions and Countries 3
... diet, exercise and reduced stress not only can lead to ... new study by a team of researchers, including one from ... The study shows that swallows who maintained a ... were those who produced the most young. The ...
... viruses as they evolved over hundreds of generations to infect ... defences, the viruses evolved at a quicker rate and generated ... to adapt to the viral infection. The study shows, ... Van Valen was correct in his ,Red Queen Hypothesis,. ...
... scientists from the NOAA-funded Gulf of Maine Toxicity (GOMTOX) project ... toxic alga that can cause ,red tides, in the spring ... shellfish industry. An abundant seed population in bottom ... the toxic alga Alexandrium fundyense. This organism swims in ...
Cached Biology News:Study points to role of antioxidant balance in bird health and reproduction 2Study points to role of antioxidant balance in bird health and reproduction 3Scientists reveal driving force behind evolution 2Researchers issue outlook for a significant New England 'red tide' in 2010 2Researchers issue outlook for a significant New England 'red tide' in 2010 3
(Date:2/27/2015)... and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/p2ddnr/global_market ) has announced the ... report to their offering. , Global Market ... on Trypsin globally and regionally ( Europe , ... , Latin America etc.). It captures ... This report focuses on three primary areas; manufacture methods & ...
(Date:2/27/2015)... , Feb. 27, 2015  Pfenex Inc. (NYSE MKT: ... of biosimilar therapeutics, today announced that it will be ... Marquis on March 2 nd at 3pm PST. Patrick ... a panel discussing the current state of the biosimilar ... . For more information on CALBIO ...
(Date:2/27/2015)... 2015   PureTech , a science and technology ... products and technologies in the healthcare sector, announced today ... and Member of the Board of Directors of Sanofi, ... has been a pleasure to know Chris for many ... be working together more closely now," said Dr. ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... - SQI Diagnostics Inc. ("SQI" or the "Company") (TSX-V: ... and commercializes proprietary technologies and products for advanced microarray ... the fiscal first quarter ended December  31, 2014. All ... (CAD), unless otherwise stated. "During the ... our existing customers and add to our sales pipeline," ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Market Report of Trypsin 2014-2018 2Christopher Viehbacher, former CEO of Sanofi, Joins PureTech's Board of Directors 2Christopher Viehbacher, former CEO of Sanofi, Joins PureTech's Board of Directors 3Christopher Viehbacher, former CEO of Sanofi, Joins PureTech's Board of Directors 4SQI Diagnostics Reports First Quarter Financial Results 2SQI Diagnostics Reports First Quarter Financial Results 3SQI Diagnostics Reports First Quarter Financial Results 4SQI Diagnostics Reports First Quarter Financial Results 5SQI Diagnostics Reports First Quarter Financial Results 6
... A public-private effort is moving toward making downtown Madison ... been chosen to enter negotiations for the right to ... The "Wireless Wisconsin" service would create a publicly accessible ... County Regional Airport. The project also has provisions for ...
... a provider of education products in Wisconsin Rapids, has ... John Stearns. , ,Generation21 lost $4.6 million before taxes ... said it had looked for strategic alternatives over the ... was its best option. , ,The company will record ...
... Schiefelbein has a warning for chief information officers: By 2007, ... lower-level business executives. The CEO of Paragon Development Systems ... to work to stay involved with the business side of ... a big change in a really short period of time," ...
Cached Biology Technology:Madison wi-fi plans move ahead 2IT outsourcing remains on the horizon as companies focus on core business 2IT outsourcing remains on the horizon as companies focus on core business 3
The SVT3-2 diverter valve is a 3-port, 2-position valve for use with the BioLogic DuoFlow system....
4',6-Diamidino-2-phenylindole, dihydrochloride (DAPI)...
... PROTEAN II xi multi-cell is for 2-D separations. ... cooling capabilities. The PROTEAN II xi multi-cell can ... type of glass plates, and cooling system. The ... to the PROTEAN II XL multi-cell for a ...
... developed with the drug discovery process in ... and performance, Safire is the ideal instrument ... and high throughput screening. Safire is a ... offers a range of high speed detection ...
Biology Products: