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Saber-toothed cat fossils unearthed in Vegas

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Las Vegas - Researchers say a pair of fossils unearthed in the hills north of Las Vegas belonged to a saber-toothed cat.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://on.rgj.com/SyeHtn) a team from California's San Bernardino County Museum identified the fossils dug up in June as being front leg bones from the extinct predator.

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File photo: A fossilized saber-toothed cat skull is displayed during a repatriation ceremony.

Kathleen Springer, the museum's senior curator, says the saber-tooth fossils are thought to be approximately 15,590 years old.

The discovery marks the first of its kind in the fossil-rich Upper Las Vegas Wash.

Springer heads a team that's been studying the wash for a decade and been collecting fossils there under a contract with the US Bureau of Land Management since 2008.

She says the bones of Las Vegas' only known saber-toothed cat are still being studied. There are no immediate plans to display them, but Springer expects that to happen eventually. - Sapa-AP

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