Latest Machairodontinae Stories
Millions of years ago, a bizarre, pouched super-predator terrorized South America with huge saber-like teeth.
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.
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.
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 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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