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Sabre-toothed cats shared their food with injured pride members

Smilodon's teeth were impressive but injury-prone

Smilodon’s teeth were impressive but injury-prone

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Fearsome sabre-toothed cats may have had a tender side. The prehistoric predators risked damaging their powerful jaws and teeth during hunts, but a study of their fossils suggests injured individuals could then rely on their peers for food.

Urban Los Angeles is home to the tar pits at Rancho La Brea. For most of the last 40,000 years, sticky tar has trapped and preserved animals wandering across this landscape, providing a window into the animals of the Pleistocene period.

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