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Sabertooth Cat Skull Plaque Measures 6.5×5.5 inches. The Sabertooth Cat Skull Plaque is museum quality polyurethane resins. Made in USA. This fine Smilodon Fatalis wall plaque will thrill any dinosaur lover and collector! Profile aspect of the southern California feline of the La Brea Tar Pits. Ready to hang on your wall for that perfect prehistoric accent.
Sabertooth 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 or other modern cats. Smilodon lived in the Americas during the Pleistocene epoch.
Sabertooth Cat or Smilodon fatalis was around the size of modern big cats, but was more robustly built. It had a reduced lumbar region, high scapula, short tail, and broad limbs with relatively short feet. Sabertooth Cat or Smilodon is most famous for its relatively long canine teeth, which are the longest found in the saber-toothed cats, at about 11 in. long in the largest species, S. populator. The 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, Sabertooth 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. Smilodon is thought to have killed its prey by holding it still with its forelimbs and biting it. Smilodon probably lived in closed habitats such as forests and bush, which would have provided cover for ambushing prey.
Sabertooth Cat or 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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