It’s time to break out the big cats.
Last night’s matches pitted various “cats” against each other, although some cats were only cats in name (for example, the catfish and antlion).
Our most anticipated match had a nimravid (a fossil false sabertooth cat) versus a dandelion. We weren’t sure if the nimravid would only be fossilized bones and stand little chance against the dandelion, or if the nimravid would come to life and be allergic to dandelions. So when the contest began, the nimravid was alive but it began sneezing and as a by-product bit down decapitating the fearsome dandelion. If you fancy seeing a real nimravid, there is one on display in Cenozoic Hall at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
For more details on this year’s tournament, click here.
Blog post courtesy of the Section of Mammals.