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Alison Snyder Apr 19, 2017
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Why the lions of Tsavo began eating people

Chicago Field Museum

Analysis of the teeth of the man-eating lions of Tsavo suggests it wasn't dire circumstances but dental disease that drove the legendary lions to eat an estimated 35 people in Kenya in the late 1800s, a new study reports.

Why it matters: The findings reveal the many factors that can influence lion behavior and could inform conservation efforts. As human populations increase and prey decreases, man-eating could become a viable option for lions, the researchers wrote.