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The Sabertooth Tiger
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The anatomy (physical description) of Smilodon fatalis.

The sabertooth tiger had a large head, with small earssa.  Its upper canines had evolved into long saberteeth, which were about 7 inches, or seventeen centimeters, long.  Its head was on a neck which was very long for a feline (in proportion to its body).  It had wide shoulders and long front legs.  Its back legs were somewhat shorter.  This cat was definately not built for speed like a cheetah, more likely for sneaking and finally a quick sprint, but not long distance running.  It had a short, bob-tail like that of present day lynxs and bobcats. 

Size Comparison
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Click HERE to see pictures of different present day felines, to get a view of how the body of a sabertooth tiger might look like.

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