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Dinosaur Jungle   >   Other Prehistoric Animals   >   Smilodon

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
By Alan Nayes

Released: 2011-10-07
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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.
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.

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• 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

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Smilodon (Sabre-Toothed Cat Trilogy) (Volume 1)
By James Paddock

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Imagine recreating the saber-toothed cat for fun? The possibility sounds exciting, but the reality could be nightmarish. Within these pages you are 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 sabre-toothed cats, psychic premonitions and babies. As 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. Welcome to a world where cats call the shots.
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 (On My Own Science)
By Susan E. Goodman

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Released: 2006-08-01
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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.

Was the Saber-Toothed-Tiger, Smilodon, Paleontologists most laughable mistake? // Was the 4 tusked Gomphothere the 2nd joke? Paleontology series, book 1
By Archimedes Plutonium

Released: 2019-03-30
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Was the Saber-Toothed-Tiger, Smilodon, Paleontologists most laughable mistake? // Was the 4 tusked Gomphothere the 2nd joke? Paleontology series, book 1
 
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Ever since I was a teenager in High School, I was troubled with the saber-toothed tiger-- how evolution could have built such an animal. But I was not logical in mind as a teenager, and had to wait until now to let my logical mind survey that perplexing question. To an extraordinary claim in science-- huge teeth that an animal cannot cope with, requires extra-special evidence and proofs of science. How can evolution theory (even though it is a rule or algorithm) (see my Superdeterminism replaces Darwin Evolution book), how can evolution produce an animal with teeth that "get in the way of everything" as the animal goes through life. So, I am asking the science community to completely re-examine the fossil evidence of Smilodon. I do not have that evidence available, but the entire Paleontology community can make the evidence available. For what I suspect is that the tiger never had saber-teeth and that those teeth found in digs or tar pits, were the teeth of Entelodonts or some ungulate horn or walrus type animal teeth. In other words, I question the claim there ever existed a cat with huge canine teeth.

Cover Picture: My photo of what spurred me onto this small book was a few days ago seeing the cover of Science News showing a Saber-Toothed Tiger. And how utterly ridiculous for a tiger to have those teeth. And just as ridiculous that grown scientists believe such nonsense without questioning it. And alongside the photo of Science News cover page is a later followup with more information.
Smilodon - Saber-toothed Tiger (Dinosaur Books for Young Readers Book 4)
By Enrique Fiesta

JD-Biz Corp Publishing
Released: 2014-08-20
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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.
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

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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 un 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 et idéal pour l’apprentissage de la lecture et l’acquisition du vocabulaire pour les enfants de CP et CE1.

Magnificent Book of Prehistoric Beasts
Weldon Owen
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