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Saber-toothed cat fossils found near Las Vegas

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December 16, 2012 05:32 AM EST | AP

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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.

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 U.S. 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.

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