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Simbakubwa kutokaafrika

Giant Meat-Eater

Matt Borths was visiting a museum in Kenya when he opened a drawer and saw a gigantic jaw and dagger-like teeth glinting up at him, larger than a lion’s. Now the 22 million-year-old fossils, hidden for decades, have given scientists their first look at one of the largest meat-eating mammals ever to walk the Earth. Researchers estimate the creature weighed up to 3,000 pounds, with a skull the length of a rhino’s and canines the size of bananas. Simbakubwa kutokaafrika — which means "big lion from Africa" — lived after the dinosaurs went extinct and was probably at the top of the food chain, Borths says.