from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of the large saber-toothed tigers of the genus Smilodon, widely distributed during the Pleistocene Epoch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any member of the extinct genus Smilodon, the saber-toothed tigers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An extinct genus of saber-toothed tigers. See mach�rodus.
Bothe Megantereon and Dinofelis were machariodonts, same as smilodon.
If smilodon and its ilk aren't considered "real" sabre-toothed cats, then what is the world coming to?
In any case, I expect that the Discovery Institute will be going the way of People for the New American Century and the smilodon inside of a year.
: Toothsome, not to mention fearsome, saber-toothed cats actually had quite a weak bite, according to research that suggests the smilodon, one of the most fascinating of prehistoric beasts, had jaws that were too weak to grip its prey as a lion does and may have had to fight and pin animals to the ground before delivering a single fatal bite to the neck.
I imagine having an extra set of eyes, ears and teeth would have helped against meat eating heavyweights like arctodus simus, homotherium latidens, panthera leo atrox, smilodon fatalis and who knows, maybe even relict populations of titanis walleri.
This deep in the highlands of Harmonia, even _Homo smilodon_ needed bottled air.
The consternation on the soldiers 'faces when they saw that he and the smilodon were gone entertained us; but it was nothing compared to their expressions when they discovered both in my shelter.
He stepped forward with the key, and the smilodon voiced no protest.
"There is a great one among you," she said, and her voice was like the playing of a hundred citharae, or the purr of the smilodon, the cat that slew our bulls as wolves kill sheep.
As I watched, a timber nearly as thick as the _Alcyone's_ mizzenmast, though not so high, was set into the rock where the spur left the mountain, and a smilodon chained to its base.
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