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    SABER-TOOTHED TIGER SKULL CAST
    Smilodon fatalis
    Pleistocene
    The Great Saber-Toothed Tiger, S. fatalis is the epitome of the North American fossil and the official State Fossil of California. It ranged throughout North and South America during the last Ice Age and their remains are found nowhere else in the world. Smilodon was a member of the family of true cats (Felidae) and its most striking and unique features are found in the skull and teeth, instantly recognizable from the giant curving upper canines that give the animal its name. It is presumed that these were used to immobilize prey that might have been much larger and stronger than the cat itself - a quick slice to the jugular or windpipe would soon put paid to a struggle that could easily turn nasty for the smaller predator. Saber-toothed cat fossils are highly prized among collectors, the most desirable being those excavated from the La Brea Tar Formation in California. This finely-executed cast has been modeled after one such example, finished with the lovely dark brown woody patina characteristic of tar-buried fossils. It measures 13ΒΌ inches long with 7-inch sabers and raised to 17 inches high overall on a metal display stand.


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    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
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