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Smilodon



Smilodon californicus
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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Mammalia
  Order Carnivora
  Family Felidae
  Subfamily Machairodontinae
  Genus Smilodon
Smilodon (sometimes popularly known as the "saber-toothed cat" or "saber-toothed tiger") was a predator that lived in North and South America from the late Pliocene epoch to the late Pleistocene epoch, between about 2.5 million years ago and 10,000 years ago. Despite being sometimes called a "saber-toothed tiger", it should be noted that Smilodon was not closely related to tigers.

Although about the size of a large lion or tiger, Smilodon was much more heavily built, with a build more like that of a bear. The heaviest animals probably almost 900 pounds (400 kilograms).

The most immediately noticeable feature of Smilodon is of course its massively long canine teeth. In some species these were upto 7 inches (17 centimeters) long. It is thought that Smilodon probably wrestled its prey to the ground and then used its canines for delivering a killing bite to the trachea or jugular vein of the prey. This style of hunting would have been well-suited for hunting large prey, but Smilodon would have struggled to hunt smaller animals when the environment changed (a fact that may have contributed to its extinction).

Smilodon skeletion:
Smilodon skeletion

Smilodon Timeline:



Smilodon was a saber-toothed predator that lived between 2.5 million and 10,000 years ago

Smilodon was a saber-toothed predator that lived between 2.5 million and 10,000 years ago


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Smilodon: The Iconic Sabertooth
Johns Hopkins University Press
Released: 2018-06-24
Hardcover (224 pages)

Smilodon: The Iconic Sabertooth
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Few animals spark the imagination as much as the sabertooth cat Smilodon. With their incredibly long canines, which hung like fangs past their jaws, these ferocious predators were first encountered by humans when our species entered the Americas. We can only imagine what ice age humans felt when they were confronted by a wild cat larger than a Siberian tiger.

Because Smilodon skeletons are perennial favorites with museum visitors, researchers have devoted themselves to learning as much as possible about the lives of these massive cats. This volume, edited by celebrated academics, brings together a team of experts to provide a comprehensive and contemporary view of all that is known about Smilodon. The result is a detailed scientific work that will be invaluable to paleontologists, mammalogists, and serious amateur sabertooth devotees.

The book
• covers all major aspects of the animal's natural history, evolution, phylogenetic relationships, anatomy, biomechanics, and ecology
• traces all three Smilodon species across both North and South America
• brings together original, unpublished research with historical accounts of Smilodon's discovery in nineteenth-century Brazil

The definitive reference on these iconic Pleistocene mammals, Smilodon will be cited by researchers for decades to come.

Contributors: John P. Babiarz, Wendy J. Binder, Charles S. Churcher, Larisa R. G. DeSantis, Robert S. Feranec, Therese Flink, James L. Knight, Margaret E. Lewis, Larry D. Martin, H. Gregory McDonald, Julie A. Meachen, William C. H. Parr, Ashley R. Reynolds. Kevin L. Seymour, Christopher A. Shaw, C. S. Ware, Lars Werdelin, H. Todd Wheeler, Stephen Wroe, M. Aleksander Wysocki

Smilodon
By Alan Nayes

Released: 2011-10-07
Kindle Edition (0 pages)

Smilodon
 
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Jason Bristol, ex-prize fighter and expert animal tracker, and part-time drunk, teams up with beautiful wildlife biologist Norah Phelps as they pursue a man-eating predator that threatens to derail her father’s prize real estate development project in north central Idaho.

Against the majestic pristine backdrop of Idaho’s Bitterroot Wilderness Area, the adventure unfolds. Jason, with Norah’s assistance, soon discovers the ghosts of his past are nothing compared to the battle he’s undertaken.

Smilodon. A saber-toothed cat. He’s angry, he’s frightened, he’s hungry, and he’s 12,000 years from home!

SMILODON 75,000 words or about 300 pages

Alan Nayes is the author of the spellbinding sci-fi apocalyptic series, The Resurrection Trilogy (GARGOYLES, PLAGUE, RESURRECTION), and the giant cat thriller, SMILODON. His most recent release is ABOMINABLE. For a complete list of all his books, please visit anayes.com.
Saber-Toothed Cats (On My Own Science)
By Susan E. Goodman

Brand: First Avenue Editions
Released: 2006-08-01
Paperback (48 pages)

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Do you know which ice-age animal had a body similar to a bear’s, a short stubby tail, and razor-sharp, 7-inch teeth? A Smilodon! Fierce predators, Smilodons were large saber-toothed cats that lived more than 11,000 years ago―so how do scientists know so much about them? By studying their fossils and the parts of the world where they once lived! Dig through the past to uncover how these remarkable predators once lived―and died.

Smilodon (Sabre-toothed Cat Trilogy Book 1)
By James Paddock

Desert Bookshelf Publishing
Released: 2011-07-13
Kindle Edition (427 pages)

Smilodon (Sabre-toothed Cat Trilogy Book 1)
 
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Book 1 of the Smilodon trilogy. Imagine recreating the saber-toothed cat for fun? The possibility sounds exciting, but the reality could be nightmarish. In James Paddock’s new novel, Smilodon, the main character is drawn into in a world where man becomes the hunted. It is fast-paced fiction where cats change the rules and people run for their lives.

Tigers in the wild and a lucrative fee lure freelance writer Zechariah Price into the frozen mountains of Montana. The assignment drops him into a world of Bengal tigers, illegal aliens, prehistoric saber-toothed cats, and psychic premonitions. As the possibility of death by man and animal surrounds him, he quickly learns that he too is destined to become food for the cats. Trapped between man and beast, his assignment turns into that of survival.

Smilodon intertwines the exciting possibility and nightmarish reality of cloning in an age in which advanced genetic engineering is rapidly evolving. “Consider the very real possibility of cloning your recently deceased pet,” says the author. “We are on the brink of just such a thing. If after your pet, what about your child, or an entire genetically engineered perfect society?” Smilodon will send one back to thinking, “What if?”
Smilodon - Saber-toothed Tiger (Dinosaur Books for Young Readers Book 4)
By Enrique Fiesta

JD-Biz Corp Publishing
Released: 2014-08-20
Kindle Edition (23 pages)

Smilodon - Saber-toothed Tiger (Dinosaur Books for Young Readers Book 4)
 
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Smilodon - Saber-toothed Tiger
Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Appearance
Chapter 2: Behavior
Chapter 3: Environment
Conclusion
Author Bio

Introduction
Greetings young reader! Today we are going to take a step back in time and enter the age of prehistoric mammals. Mammals are animals with hair or fur that secrete milk for their babies, and typically give birth to live young as opposed to laying eggs. These prehistoric mammals are an extinct species of animal that began to live on the Earth about 2.5 million years ago. Some of them still thrived as recently as 10,000 years ago. “Extinct” means that they no longer exist. These prehistoric mammals are some of the most intriguing and awe-inspiring animals that have existed on our planet. The prehistoric mammals’ strange shapes, sizes, and behaviors make them inherently worthy of study and interest. Even more than these reasons, the study of these mammals itself is an incredible adventure which requires thought and imagination. The study of prehistoric animals helps you to appreciate just how mysterious nature really is. Our planet supports not only us and the animals that live today, but it even supported creatures as gigantic and strange as the giant sloths and huge cave dwelling bears- just think how cool that is! I hope that you bring a spirit of openness and wonder to your study of the prehistoric animals, and that you come to appreciate the mystery and value of this imaginative adventure.
Sabre-Tooth Tiger (Smithsonian Prehistoric Zone)
By Gerry Bailey

Crabtree Pub Co
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Realistic illustrations highlight this story about a day in the life of the powerfully built sabre-tooth tiger. Created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, information sections give all the vital statistics about the sabre-tooth tiger.
Saber-Toothed Cats (Exploring Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures)
By Susan H. Gray

Core Learning Library
Released: 2014-01-01
Kindle Edition (32 pages)

Saber-Toothed Cats (Exploring Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures)
 
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Roar! Swordlike teeth made this prehistoric cat a formidable predator long after dinosaurs had ceased to roam Earth. Kids will enjoy reading about this infamous carnivore and how it used it hunting skills and terrifying teeth to wreak havoc until about 10,000 years ago.
Softpaw (Smilodon Pride Book 1)
By Osiris Brackhaus

Released: 2016-07-14
Kindle Edition (252 pages)

Softpaw (Smilodon Pride Book 1)
 
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Connor’s life used to be the dream of any cultured werecat. He spent his days in Paris’ gay quarter with comfortably little real work, playing the piano, surrounded by art, fine food and good friends. Now, a feral vampire preys on the prostitutes of ‘his’ quarter, killing the boys of the Marais one by one.

When Connor invites a newly arrived hooker to stay on his houseboat, the last thing he expects is Michel to be a member of the Brigade Criminelle - a troubled, hunky rookie cop sent undercover to explore Connor’s connection to the murders, picked mostly because he had been a boy of the Marais himself, not so long ago.

Hiding their true natures becomes a problem for both when their initial attraction becomes much more than they ever thought possible. But in order to bring down the serial killer and maybe have a chance at making their relationship work out, one of them will have to take the first, critical leap...

This book is available both as ebook and as softcover.

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Patte de Velours (Le Clan Smilodon) (French Edition)
By Beryll Brackhaus

Independently published
Paperback (366 pages)

Patte de Velours (Le Clan Smilodon) (French Edition)
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Connor menait une vie heureuse dans le Marais : un américain à Paris, profitant des arts qu'il apprécie fort en ailuranthrope cultivé qu'il est, jouant du piano dans un club à la nuit venue et se régalant de la compagnie de ses nombreux amis.Mais depuis quelques semaines, les jeunes prostitués de "son" quartier sont la cible d'un sanguinaire tueur en série. Protéger les garçons du Marais devient de plus en plus difficile — d'autant qu'un nouveau venu arpente les trottoirs, un dénommé Michel, séduisant, effronté et légèrement intrigant, qui va bientôt prendre un peu trop de place dans la vie de Connor. L'ailuranthrope part en chasse. Michel va-t-il se révéler comme ennemi ou allié dans cette course contre la montre — ou sera-t-il la prochaine victime de l'assassin ?Ce livre, le premier de la saga du Clan Smilodon, peut aussi être lu séparément.
Franck et le tigre à dents de sabre: L'histoire d'un petit garçon et de son smilodon (Les Aventures Extraordinaires de Franck) (French Edition)
By Alina A. Dumitrescu

Independently published
Paperback (26 pages)

Franck et le tigre à dents de sabre: L histoire d un petit garçon et de son smilodon (Les Aventures Extraordinaires de Franck) (French Edition)
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Suivez l’histoire de Franck, un petit garçon passionné par le monde de dinosaures, qui découvre le tigre à dents de sabre, appelé aussi smilodon.C’était un prédateur préhistorique qui possédait une force redoutable et d'énormes crocs en forme de sabres.

Un conte facile à suivre par les petits, idéal pour l’apprentissage de la lecture et l’acquisition du vocabulaire pour les enfants de CP et CE1.

Une histoire à lire ou à écouter avant de s’endormir.



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