Sabercat Skull
Lot 1047
King of all Saber-Tooths – Extraordinarily Large Saber-Toothed Cat Skull
Sold for US$ 85,400 inc. premium
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Natural History Los Angeles
12 Dec 2010 10:00 PST

Auction 18406
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King of all Saber-Tooths – Extraordinarily Large Saber-Toothed Cat Skull
Machairodus giganteus
Late Miocene
Asia

One of the largest saber-toothed cat skulls ever discovered, from the largest saber-toothed cat species of all time, this skull is from Machairodus giganteus, a species even more massive than the famous Smilodon of the La Brea Tar Pits. This king-of-all-saber-tooths was a pack hunter, roaming the Late Miocene savannahs of Central Asia. These plains teemed with life, much like the Serengeti plains of Africa. There were massive herds of gomphotheres, hippo-like rhinos, giraffes, and huge varieties of antelope. The top competitor for the Machairodus giganteus was the giant hyena, Dinocrocta, which could reach the size of a grizzly bear. Machairodus giganteus has been found only in Asia, while other members of the genus have been found in Europe, Africa, and even North America. This specimen, displaying amazing sabers which protrude over four inches from the skull, is from a large male. At 17 inches, it is among the largest saber-toothed cat skulls ever found. Offered on a custom metal stand.
Skull length 17in, sabers measure 6in
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