Smilodon fatalis: ferocious Ice Age predator
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One of the most ferocious Ice Age predators was the saber-toothed cat, which lived three million to 10,000 years ago during the Pleistocene. Often mistaken for a tiger, Smilodon has more in common with a bobcat, with compact limbs and a bobbed tail. The average Smilodon weighed between 400 and 800 pounds and was 39 to 47 inches tall at the shoulder. The creature’s two oversized upper canine teeth were approximately 8 to 10 inches long, with a serrated inner edge like a knife.