Saber Tooth Cat - Late Pleistocene
Saber Tooth Cat from Late Pleistocene. The picture is printed on premium photo quality super "B" paper 17" x 22".
Oil painting by Josef Moravec is in art collection of Dinosaur Corporation. Original size is 24" x 18".
The terms saber-toothed cat, saber tooth, and saber-toothed tiger describe numerous species, mainly in the families Felidae (subfamily Machairodontinae), Hyaenodontidae, and Nimravidae, but also including two marsupial families, that lived during various parts of the Cenozoic Era and evolved their saber-toothed characteristics entirely independently. They are most known for having maxillary canines which were, in some species, up to 20 cm long and extended down from the mouth even when the mouth was closed. Saber-tooth cats were generally more robust than today's cats and were quite bear-like in build.
This classic saber tooth cat also called Smilodon roamed North America (California) and South America (Argentina). It had a short tail, much like the bobcats of today. Its huge pair of teeth on the upper jaw were serrated along their back edges, this allowed it to easily pierce the flesh of its prey more easily. With its muscular shoulders and neck, it most likely feed on slow moving large prey in which it could sink its large teeth into. Large numbers of skeletons have been found in the Pleistocene tar pits of Rancho La Brea in Los Angeles. This species, called Saber Tooth Cat californicus, has been adopted as California's state fossil.
TIME - Late Pleistocene period
RANGE - North America / South America
DIET - Carnivore (meat eater)
SIZE - 4ft (1.2m) long
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