Science in a Minute 62019 Fossilized Teeth Link Ancient Hyena Species to Arctic

June 20, 2019 10:40 AM
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Science in a Minute 62019 Fossilized Teeth Link Ancient Hyena Species to Arctic
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A study led by the University of Buffalo, New York has confirmed the identity of fossilized hyena teeth that were discovered in the North American Arctic in the 1970’s.  The study reports that the fossils are between 1.8 and 850,000 million years ago, during the last Ice Age. Study authors theorize that the ancient hyenas made their way from Asia to the North American Arctic via the Bering Land Bridge, which once connected the two continents.