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Saber-Toothed Cat Skull Natural measures 14 inches. Saber-Toothed Cat Skull Natural is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. Smilodon fatalis is the scientific name. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise Saber-tooth skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
Saber-toothed Cat or Smilodon fatalis is a genus of the extinct machairodont subfamily of the felids. It is one of the most famous prehistoric mammals, and the best known saber-toothed cat. Although commonly known as the saber-toothed tiger, it was not closely related to the tiger. Saber-tooted Cat or Smilodon fatalis lived in the Americas during the Pleistocene epoch.
Saber-toothed Cat or Smilodon fatalis was around the size of modern lions, but was more robustly built. It had a reduced lumbar region, high scapula, short tail, and broad limbs with relatively short feet. Smilodon is most famous for its relatively long canine teeth, which are the longest found in the saber-tooth, at about 11 in. long in the largest species, S. populator. Sabertooth canines were slender and had fine serrations on the front and back side. The skull was robustly proportioned and the muzzle was short and broad.
In North America, Saber-toothed Cat or Smilodon fatalis hunted large herbivores such as bison and camels, and it remained successful even when encountering new prey species in South America.
It is thought to have killed its prey by holding it still with its forelimbs and biting it, but it is unclear in what manner the bite itself was delivered. Scientists debate whether Saber-toothed Cat or Smilodon fatalis had a social or a solitary lifestyle. Saber-toothed Cat or Smilodon fatalis probably lived in closed habitats such as forests and bush, which would have provided cover for ambushing prey.
Smilodon fatalis died out at the same time that most North and South American megafauna disappeared, about 10,000 years ago. Its reliance on large animals has been proposed as the cause of its extinction, along with climate change and competition with other species, but the exact cause is unknown.
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