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Old 04-19-2017, 05:59 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo Did Indeed Eat People, Teeth Reveal

Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo Did Indeed Eat People, Teeth Reveal

By Brian Switek
April 19, 2017

Dental clues confirm some rumors about the ravenous cats of Tsavo, while also raising new questions


"Exactly why the Tsavo and Mfuwe lions turned to hunting humans remains a mystery. Still, DeSantis and Patterson point out some potential contributing factors. The Mfuwe lion, as well as one of the Tsavo lions, had extreme injuries to their jaws. They wouldn’t have been as adept at taking their typical prey, so soft, tasty humans would have offered an attractive alternative. Even then, DeSantis says, humans were a food of last resort and the lions were primarily focused on the soft parts. These were not devilish skeleton crunchers, but injured cats doing what they could to survive."

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