Summary #210

Simbakubwa: Mega carnivore hiding in a museum drawer

blogs.discovermagazine.com
  • In a great example of dark data (scientific finds in museums that have not been studied), a new species of massive carnivore has been identified.
  • The Simbakubwa Kutokaafrika has been waiting to be identified for 40 years, and it’s somewhat of a cross between a polar bear and a lion.
  • It spread across the world during the Miocene with other hyaenodonts - an extinct lineage of carnivores.
  • The biggest impact of this finding is that it will help paleontologists define the timeline for these animals more precisely.

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