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Research Article

Implications of Diet for the Extinction of Saber-Toothed Cats and American Lions

  • Larisa R. G. DeSantis mail,

    larisa.desantis@vanderbilt.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Blaine W. Schubert,

    Affiliation: Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology and Department of Geosciences, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Jessica R. Scott,

    Affiliation: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

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  • Peter S. Ungar

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America

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  • Published: December 26, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0052453

About the Authors

Larisa R. G. DeSantis
Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
Blaine W. Schubert
Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology and Department of Geosciences, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America
Jessica R. Scott
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
Peter S. Ungar
Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: larisa.desantis@vanderbilt.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: LRGD BWS PSU. Performed the experiments: LRGD BWS JRS. Analyzed the data: LRGD. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: PSU. Wrote the paper: LRGD. Provided intellectual and editorial comments: LRGD BWS JRS PSU.