The most famous prehistoric big cat came in two varieties. The largest was Smilodon populator, the eastern South American giant felid had a narrow, flat skull with one foot long sabers; otherwise, it was similar to the more common variety: Smilodon fatalis.
Many ice age giants were trapped by tar pits in the fossil record including smilodons, American lions, and dire wolves which all competed for the same prey. Evolution of giant canines has evolved several times over earth’s history for carnivores as weapons against prey. Among them, smilodon was the latest and most advanced.
Nearly ten thousand years ago half-ton “carving knife tooth” cats ambushed giants of the Americas with an unique edge. Smilodons were large, highly specialized, and one of the most spectacular of big cats in feline history.
Smilodon scale model replica is finely sculpted for the ©2012-2014 RareBreed Prehistoric Collection.