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