saber-toothed tiger


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saber-toothed tiger

n.

sa·ber-toothed tiger

(sā′bər-to͞otht′)
Any of various large extinct cats of the Oligocene to Pleistocene Epochs having very long upper canine teeth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saber-toothed tiger - any of many extinct cats of the Old and New Worlds having long swordlike upper canine teethsaber-toothed tiger - any of many extinct cats of the Old and New Worlds having long swordlike upper canine teeth; from the Oligocene through the Pleistocene
big cat, cat - any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild
Smiledon californicus - North American sabertooth; culmination of sabertooth development
false saber-toothed tiger - North American cat of the Miocene and Pliocene; much earlier and less specialized than members of the genus Smiledon
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There were times, too, when faced by a mighty cave bear, a saber-toothed tiger, or huge felis spelaea, black-maned and terrible, even my powerful rifle seemed pitifully inadequate--but fortune favored me so that I passed unscathed through adventures that even the recollection of causes the short hairs to bristle at the nape of my neck.
She said that they had but just reached the cliffs when I arrived, for on several occasions her captor had been forced to take to the trees with her to escape the clutches of some hungry cave-lion or saber-toothed tiger, and that twice they had been obliged to remain for considerable periods before the beasts had retired.
"The indications would be consistent with the presence of a saber-toothed tiger, such as are still found among the breccia of our caverns; but the creature actually seen was undoubtedly of a larger and more reptilian character.
There were only four species of saber-toothed tiger; they all went extinct."
Those two worked together to create a preview called "Friends of the Past" that includes prehistoric and ancient creatures like the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, the formidable (http://www.ibtimes.com/4-iconic-extinct-american-animals-dire-wolves-saber-toothed-tigers-2556144) saber-toothed tiger and the (http://www.ibtimes.com/how-woolly-mammoths-are-related-humans-2-species-historic-connection-2629919) woolly mammoth , as well as those that have been lost to extinction in more recent human history.
Illustrations and model skulls helped students imagine the wildlife that once roamed the Bighorn Basin including short-faced bear, dire wolf and saber-toothed tiger.
Homotherium differs from the more widely known saber-toothed tiger, Smilodon, which despite its name, was not closely related to tigers.
Inside the jaw, a mouse's incisors look more like a walrus's tusks or the teeth of a saber-toothed tiger, with only the sharpened tips showing through the gums at the front of the mouth.
Like other tigers, the Turanian tiger is descended from the original cat-like animals that evolved over 60 milllion years ago, including the saber-toothed tiger.
You're probably not going to stop a saber-toothed tiger with a great double entendre.
Our biology has hard-wired us to anticipate visible, immediate threats, such as a hungry saber-toothed tiger, but it has not at all prepared us for the wholly different types of hazards that we face in the twenty-first century, says biologist Glenn Croston.
Commonly called the "saber-toothed tiger," the extinct cat Smilodon fatalis roamed North and South America until 10,000 years ago, preying on large mammals such as bison, camels, mastodons and mammoths.