Throughout history, there have been fascinating prehistoric animals that have had an impact on wildlife. Most of them have been carnivorous. And today we will talk about one, in particular, the smilodon. Do you want to know a little more about what they were? Keep reading, and you’ll know right away about the Smilodon.
The smilodon is the big feline known saber-toothed tiger. Exactly, that feline with extremely elongated fangs.
The Smilodon: Three Types
There were three types of smilodon: Smilodon fatalis, Smilodon gracilis, and Smilodon populator. The latter is the best known of all, and we will specify how it was, and incidentally, you will know its curiosities so that you can understand it much better.
The Smilodon: Features And Curiosities
Given that this saber-toothed tiger is the best known of all, we will explain a little how it was and why it has been one of the most potent felines in history.
It is evident that the current tigers are strong, robust, and intelligent, but they do not have much to do with the cataloged “saber teeth.” Put, if they faced each other, the tiger saber-toothed tiger would win with hardly any effort. One of the most incandescent motives would be the length of its two fangs. As it helped him cut the meat with little effort. It would be a notable advantage, although not the only one. Therefore, we are going to specify what other things these felines had so that they were so powerful:
The current tigers, specifically those of flares, weigh about 320 kg. The smilodon weighed about 400 kg. Besides, it was pure musculature.
Considering that his weight was notorious, his power was extreme. His body was robust, and almost no animal in his environment could cope.
Apart from his elongated fangs that were sharp like blades, he had mighty claws. With little effort, he could kill his prey with a single blow.
The character of the smilodon was much more aggressive than the current tigers, which was a potential danger.
The Fearsome Smilodon Saber-Toothed Tiger Did Not Live In The Woods
The commonly called saber-toothed tiger was a large predatory feline and fangs worthy of the nickname of sabers that roamed America about 10,000 to 1.6 million years ago.
It is a belief that it would have facilitated these animals, with fangs up to 30 centimeters long, to find places to hide from which to attack their prey.
Hervé Bocherens’ team, from the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment (HEP) at the University of Tübingen, Germany, examined the bones of saber-toothed tigers that lived in the Argentine Pampa region in the period from 25,000 to 10000 BC.
Bocherens and his collaborators compared samples of collagen from bones of several predators of the glacial era. It included the saber-toothed tiger, the jaguar (Panthera onca), and a species of wild dog (Protocyon), with samples of bone collagen from their Probable prey The carbon and nitrogen isotopes found by Bocherens allowed him to conclude the type of environment in which the animals lived.
The saber-toothed tigers did not eat animals that lived in highly wooded territories. The main prey had been an ungulate similar to the camel, which lived in the steppe. The scientists knew it as Macrauchenia. The two species of giant sloth (Megatherium and Lestodon), which, unlike their evolutionary relatives today, they lived on the ground and could reach several tons of weight. It could be that these predators, like lions, usually do, hunt together in groups.