15,590-year-old saber-toothed cat fossils unearthed near Vegas
A pair of fossils believed to be that of a saber-toothed cat has been discovered in the hills north of Las Vegas.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, a team from California's San Bernardino County Museum identified the fossils dug up in June as being front leg bones from the extinct predator, the New York Daily News reported.
According to Kathleen Springer, the museum's senior curator, the saber-tooth fossils are considered to be approximately 15,590 years old.
Springer is the head of the team that has 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 said that the bones of Las Vegas' only known saber-toothed cat are still being studied and there are no immediate plans to display them.
The discovery marks the first of its kind in the fossil-rich Upper Las Vegas Wash.