23 February 2009

Cat found in Minnesota cave

A saber-tooth cat, no less.

A man in southern Minnesota was exploring a cave on his property. In an effort to reach another passage he began clearing sediment and encountered bones. The bones were of a stag moose and a saber-tooth cat. Both are the first examples of their kind ever to be found in MN. Radiocarbon dating indicates the cat skull is 22,500 years old, which would correspond to the last period of glaciation.

I wish I had property that had caves on it. And then to find ice-age fossils in the cave. How cool would that be?

Addendum: I checked the link provided by the anonymous commenter. Some good info re this cave and nearby ones here, and photos here.

1 comment:

  1. Check out John Ackerman's web site at www.karstpreserve.com
    You will be amazed!


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