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Ancient Sabre-Like Toothed Predator Had Weaker Bite Than Domestic Cat
2013-07-02 10:13:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Millions of years ago, a bizarre, pouched super-predator terrorized South America with huge saber-like teeth. New research from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), however, shows the Thylacosmilus atrox had a bite weaker than that of a domestic cat. Marsupials in Australia and America are among the closest living relatives of the extinct T. atrox, which had tooth roots extending rearwards almost into its small braincase....

Fossils Used To Classify New Species Of Saber-Toothed Cat
2013-03-15 07:57:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The discovery of five-million-year-old fossils has resulted in the discovery of a new genus and species of extinct saber-toothed cat, according to research published in Wednesday´s edition of the peer-reviewed, open-access journal PLOS One. The fossils are part of the same lineage as the Smilodon fatalis, a carnivorous apex predator that could have weighed as much as 600 pounds and had long upper canine teeth, according to...

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2005-08-08 14:25:00

WASHINGTON -- DNA taken from the teeth of ancient sabertooth cats showed the distinctive-looking animals were cousins of modern-day cats but not direct ancestors, scientists said on Monday. And they also shot down a theory that cheetahs may have originally evolved from a similar-looking North American ancestor. "Our results show that the sabertooths diverge early and are not closely related to any living cats," Ross Barnett of the Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Center in Oxford, Britain...


Latest Machairodontinae Reference Libraries

Homotherium
2012-04-30 12:22:54

Homotherium, and extinct genus of machairodontine saber-toothed cats, was native to South America, North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia during the Pliocene era to the Pleistocene era. Homotherium can also be called the scimitar-toothed cat. This cat lived for approximately five million years, most likely dying out around ten thousand years ago. In Africa, Homotherium became extinct around 1.5 million years ago, lasting somewhat longer in Eurasia becoming extinct about 30,000 years ago....

Xenosmilus
2012-04-27 08:27:32

Xenosmilus is an extinct genus of the saber-toothed cats (Machairodontinae). In the Haile limestone mines in Alachua County, Florida, amateur fossil hunters recovered two mostly intact specimens. It is thought that Xenosmilus lived around 1.2 million years ago, but the information about their extinction is unknown. There is one known species in this genus, called X. hodsonae. Found among a pile of peccary bones, it can be surmised that these extinct cats fed on peccaries. Xenosmilus...

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