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Smilodon fatalis, sabre-toothed cat

Smilodon fatalis, sabre-toothed cat


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Smilodon fatalis, sabre-toothed cat

Skeleton of an extinct sabre-toothed cat which lived about 15, 000 years ago in North America. It was about the size of a present day lion

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Bone Carnivora Epitheria Eutheria Felid Felidae Feliformia Feloidea Mammalia Placental Mammal Sabre Skeleton Theria Machairodontinae Sabre Toothed Sabre Toothed Cat Sabre Toothed Tiger Smilodon


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This skeletal image showcases the impressive anatomy of Smilodon fatalis, the sabre-toothed cat, a formidable predator that once roamed North America around 15,000 years ago. Belonging to the larger family of Felidae within the order Carnivora, this sabre-toothed feline was roughly the size of a present-day lion. The sabre-toothed cat, also known as a machairodont, was a unique member of the Feliformia suborder and the Machairodontinae subfamily. Its most distinctive feature was its elongated, curved canines, which could grow up to 7 inches long. These sabre-like teeth were not only used for slicing through the hide and muscles of its prey but also for display and intimidation. Smilodon fatalis was a placental mammal, meaning it developed from an embryo that was nourished in the uterus by a placenta. Its skeletal structure reveals a powerful and robust build, with a short, stocky body and a relatively short tail. The robust limbs and large, curved claws suggest that this cat was an agile and powerful hunter, relying on its strength and stealth to take down its prey. As a member of the Eutheria subclass, Smilodon fatalis shares a common ancestry with all modern mammals. The discovery of its fossilized remains offers valuable insights into the evolution of the felid family and the diverse range of adaptations that have emerged among mammals throughout history. This skeleton is a testament to the intriguing and fascinating world of extinct animals and the wonders of nature.

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