Describer (Date): Lund 1842
Species: Smilodon fatalis - extinct
Body Weight:160 - 280 kg (353 - 617 lb)
Body Length: 175 cm (68.9 in)
Tail Length: 35 cm (13.8 in)
Height at Shoulder: 100 cm (39.4 in)
|Distribution & Status||Behavior & Ecology|
Range: North, Central, and South Americas
Habitat: Forests, brushy plains, margins of woodlands
Status: went extinct 13,000 years ago
Locomotion: ambush predator; not built for long-distance running
Activity Cycle: unknown
Social Groups: possible cooperative hunting, although small brain size argues for solitary life-style
Diet: large mammls such as bison, griant ground sloths, young mammoths and mastodons, horses, camels
Predators: no predators on healthy adults
|Reproduction & Development||Species Highlights|
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