Out of Asia: earliest big cat found in Tibet2013-11-13 02:12:32 GMT2013-11-13 10:12:32(Beijing Time) SINA.com
A snow leopard at the Central Park Zoo on June 11, 2009 in New York
An ancient skull found in Tibet indicates that big cats originated in central Asia, and not Africa as widely thought, palaeontologists reported on Wednesday.
Dated at between 4.1 and 5.95 million years old, the fossil is the oldest remains ever found of a pantherine felid, as big cats are called.
It compares with the previous felid record holder -- tooth fragments found in Tanzania that are estimated to be around 3.8 million years old.
"This find suggests that big cats have a deeper evolutionary origin than previously suspected," said Jack Tseng of the University of Southern California, who led the probe.......
Funny! its a shame to try to tell the world that big cats are orginally found in Central Asia Tibet...not Africa. So, what have China done for these big cats??? killed them all, now Africa is doing much better than China in terms of protecting the population. Where big cats originally found are not important. Whats important most is where are they now???????????????????????