Sabre-toothed cat

Sabre-toothed cat

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This image is part of the feature The Most Fearsome Animals That Ever Lived

Credit: JAIME CHIRINOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sabre-toothed cat. Artwork of a sabre-toothed (Smilodon sp.) cat attacking its prey. Smilodon sabre-toothed cats were powerful predators with a robust build similar to that of a bear. Their maxillary canines protruded outside their mouths, and could reach over 28 centimetres in length. The canines were probably used as a stabbing weapon when attacking prey. They lived 1.8 million years ago until 10,000 years ago.

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