You’ve heard of weeping willows? That’s a creeping willow, Salix arctica! But you don’t need to go up into the Arctic to see these plants.
Why did sabertoothed cats go extinct? Easy. More sabercats died than were born.
How did it happen? Ah, well – that’s not quite so straightforward.
A multi-million-year predator niche has been empty for the last 11,000 years. We should be celebrating that fact. Instead, if safety could be guaranteed, who wouldn’t want to go see a live sabertoothed cat at the zoo?
If . . .
Does it matter if the ferocious sabertooth that’s about to attack you lacks the right bone structure to convince scientists it’s a cat?
Homotherium was the more successful of the two ice-age sabertoothed cats, but it’s also more of a mystery.