DescriptionSABRE-TOOTHED TIGER SKULL CAST
Created from an original Rancho La Brea Smilodon californicus (fatalis) skull held by the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, this represents one of the most dramatic and desirable of all prehistoric osteological specimens. The great Sabre-Toothed Tiger ranged across North America during the Wisconsinan Glaciation of the late Pleistocene epoch, approximately 12-20 thousand years ago, but was found nowhere outside of the New World, and as such is an evocative symbol of American paleontology. Smilodon was a true cat, a member of the Felid family, and grew to roughly the size of the modern African lion. Its most striking feature was of course the enormous canine teeth that provide its common name; the present cast is presented with the mouth wide open, the massive teeth like curving scimitars, ready to tear into the flesh of its helpless prey. The teeth have been given a natural ivory finish, contrasting pleasantly with the simulated tar-stain brown of the skull itself, with finely reproduced bone texture. Mounted on a metal stand it makes for a dramatic and striking display piece, and stands 13 inches high.
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