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New Saber-Toothed Cat Discovery Sheds Light On Interactions Between Early Humans And Predators
2014-04-02 08:15:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online At the Schöningen open-cast coal mine in north-central Germany, near Hannover, researchers from the Lower Saxony Heritage Authority and the University of Tübingen have discovered the remains of a saber-toothed cat. The remains were preserved in rock strata some 300,000 years old, placing them during the Paleolithic Era. The Schöningen mine is famous for the discovery of three wooden spears, unearthed in 1997 by Hartmut Thieme of...

New Species Of Big Cat Discovered In Tibet Fills Evolutionary Gap
2013-11-13 08:21:19

[ Watch the Video: Fossil Skull Of Ancient Big Cat Unearthed In Tibet ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The evolution of big cats has been nearly as mysterious as the cats themselves, but a new discovery will likely lead anthropologists to a better understanding of when and where big cats originated. During a 2010 paleontological dig in Tibet, a husband-and-wife team who were part of a larger expedition discovered the fossilized partial remains of what...

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...

Ancient Predators Shared Their Food Supply
2012-11-07 13:53:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Your mother probably told you that it´s considered good manners to share your food, but according to new research; for large predators living 9 million years ago, sharing a food supply was a daily way of life. To better understand how these ancient predators divided up the available prey, a team of researchers led by US researchers and the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Madrid used radioactive dating technology and a...

Prehistoric Toothy Predators Had Beefier Arm Bones
2012-01-04 10:51:55

[ Watch the Video ] The combination of colossal canines and forceful forelimbs arose repeatedly over time, says a new study The toothiest prehistoric predators also had beefier arm bones, finds a new fossil study. Sabertooth tigers may come to mind, but these extinct cats weren't the only animals with fearsome fangs. Take the false sabertooth cats – also known as nimravids – and their catlike cousins, a family of carnivores called the Barbourofelidae. Both of these...

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2010-07-05 06:20:00

X-ray analysis reveals that saber-tooth forelimbs were exceptionally strong compared to their feline cousins Saber-toothed cats may be best known for their supersized canines, but they also had exceptionally strong forelimbs for pinning prey before delivering the fatal bite, says a new study in the journal PLoS ONE. Commonly called the "saber-toothed tiger," the extinct cat Smilodon fatalis roamed North and South America until 10,000 years ago, preying on large mammals such as bison, camels,...

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2008-11-19 15:03:13

Researchers have discovered the fossilized leg bone of a saber-toothed cat that lived near the UK coast between one and two million years ago. Paleontologist Dick Mol said the fossil belonged to a type of saber-tooth called a scimitar cat that weighted about 881lbs. The recent discovery marks the first time a fossil of this species has been uncovered in the North Sea. Researchers regularly come across fossils from common extinct beasts such as the mammoth from the sea. Beam trawlers use...

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2008-08-22 01:05:00

Venezuelan workers found more than just oil, when they laid a pipeline near an ancient tar pit. They discovered a rich trove of fossils, including a saber-toothed cat-that scientists had never seen the likes of before the unearthing. The fossils date back 1.8 million years. The discovery includes skulls and jawbones of six scimitar-toothed cats, which is a variety of saber-toothed cat with shorter, narrower canine teeth compared to other species. Venezuelan paleontologist Ascanio Rincon led...

2007-10-02 18:55:45

WASHINGTON (AP) - The ancient saber-toothed cat had some pretty scary dentures, but when it came down to actually biting, well, it was no lion. In fact, a study of the cat's jaw indicated it has only about one-third the biting power of a modern lion, according to a study in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers led by Colin R. McHenry at the University of Newcastle in Australia used computer modeling to calculate the bite force of the cat, Smilodon...


Latest Saber-toothed cats 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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