May 10, 2013
Adapt or Die: Study Says Flexible Diet Gave Bears and Wolves An Edge Over Extinct Big Cats
By CJ Lotz
A study out of the University of California, Santa Cruz suggests that flexibility in diet might have given wolves and bears an edge that left saber-tooth cats and cave lions in the evolutionary dust.
Simply put, bears and wolves were able to successfully hunt more prey in more varied locations than cats, adapting to whatever meat source was available. Since the big cats stuck to the same food sources wherever they migrated, they couldn't keep up.
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