Product Code: EV model 008
Product Name: Smilodon
WHEN SMILODON LIVED
Smilodon first appeared about 1.6 million years ago and lived during the Pleistocene Epoch (the early part of the Quaternary Period) in the last Ice Age. Smilodon was the largest saber-toothed cat (or saber-toothed tiger).
It was a bit smaller than a modern-day lion but much heavier. It had relatively short legs and a short bobbed tail. Its front legs were especially powerful. Its body was adapted for springing on to prey, but it was not a very fast runner.
It had 12-inch-long (30 cm) skull had 2 huge canine teeth. These saber-like teeth were serrated, oval in cross-section, and up to 7 inches (18 cm) long. Smilodon had powerful jaws that opened to an angle of about 1200. Today’s lions can only open their jaws by 650 . Smilodon was a carnivore, a meat-eater. This ferocious hunter may have eater thick-skinned prey like mastodons (hairy, extinct elephants), horses, and bison.