Fossils of Africa’s oldest ‘lion’ found in Libyan Sahara

Tripoli, 23 February 2013:

A team from an American museum has discovered exciting new fossils at the Zallah oasis, including Africa’s oldest carnivore, a predecessor to the modern-day lion.

"We found a wonderful new location, unknown to scholars, that offers us a unique window on the past," American palaeontologist Christopher Beard told USA Today.

Ignoring the current US government warning against all but essential travel to the country, Beard, from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, organised the expedition with geologist Mustafa Salem from the University of Tripoli. The group of American and Libyan . . .

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