For example, will vegetarianism make species easier to die? It sounds absurd, but scientific studies show that one of the most feared prehistoric beasts is extinct because of eating vegetables. Let's find out which animal is through the following article.
In prehistoric times, or more specifically, in the ice age, there was an animal with an extremely scary appearance. They weigh up to 500 pounds, 1.7 meters high, 3.5 meters long, have claws and an extremely strong jaw, enough to crush any skeleton. It was a prehistoric cave bear .
Correlation of cave bears with humans today.
With such " heavy equipment" , it would not be surprising if the bear is one of the predators standing at the top of the food chain at that time.
However, according to a recent study, these giant bears turned out to be very . cute, because their diets are mostly plants. And they also think that this is the reason why these true monsters became extinct about 25,000 years ago.
Perhaps they are cuter than what this picture shows.
The bears are now mostly omnivores. They eat almost everything: from wild fruits to salmon, even hunting deer. Meanwhile, their ancestors turned out to diet with a diet full of vegetables . That's strange, isn't it?
To get this result, experts tested the bones of bears in Goyet Cave (Belgium), thereby rebuilding the diet of this bear. In particular, they focused on examining the isotopes of collagen in bone - the type of protein formed according to the diet of animals.
The analytical results show that the ancestors of old bears were just . eating vegetables. Even baby bears that are drinking milk also show similar collagen components, like pandas today.
Fossils of cave bears.
According to Professor Hervé Bocherens of the University of Tübingen (Germany): "Like pandas, cave bears of the past also have a rather poor diet, consisting of only plants. We assume that the diet is imbalanced. This, combined with the destruction of vegetation in the Ice Age, made the species extinct. "
Professor Bocherens added: "We believe that eating only plants is the main reason why bears are extinct ." And to prove, they are continuing to study the bones of this bear in other areas.
The study is published in Quaternary Science magazine.