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Newly identified saber-toothed cat is one of largest in history

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A giant saber-toothed cat lived in North America between 5 million and 9 million years ago, weighing up to 900 pounds and hunting prey that likely weighed 1,000 to 2,000 pounds, scientists reported today in a new study.

The researchers completed a painstaking comparison of seven uncategorized fossil specimens with previously identified fossils and bone samples from around the world to describe the new species. Their finding makes a case for the use of the elbow portion of the humerus—in addition to teeth—to identify fossils of large saber-toothed cats whose massive forearms enabled them to subdue their prey.

The newly identified cat weighed an average of around 600 or so pounds and could have managed to kill prey weighing up to 6,000 pounds, the scientists estimate, suggesting that their findings provide evidence for another giant cat, one of the largest in Earth history.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/osu-nis050321.php

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210503113933.htm

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10914-021-09540-1

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third_eye

Now I'm rather confused... Is the Sabre Tooth cat still a cat or no? 

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Abramelin
5 minutes ago, third_eye said:

Now I'm rather confused... Is the Sabre Tooth cat still a cat or no? 

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Yes they are. Really big ones.

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third_eye
Just now, Abramelin said:

Yes they are. Really big ones.

So I can safely say they're not marsupials in the future, or near future, at least... 

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Tatetopa
54 minutes ago, third_eye said:

Now I'm rather confused... Is the Sabre Tooth cat still a cat or no? 

Feline but not tigers is the way I heard it

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Wepwawet
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Not all "saber toothed cats" are cats. There are also the nimravids Nimravidae who look like saber toothed cats but are in their own family separate from Felidae. I doubt though if our very distant ancestors when confronted with one would debate about if it is a true cat or a false cat, or at least not until they quickly climbed up into a tree.

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