The sickness would’ve made survival more difficult for the animals that had it since bone and joint health were crucial to their ability to hunt. And in old age, OCD can be crippling and cause loss of motion.
But there is no evidence found in the tar pits to confirm whether or not saber-toothed tigers and dire wolves had been inbreeding with each other. After this discovery, scientists are interested in examining if OCD is an issue in modern wild animals that have experienced inbreeding.
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