Nov
01
2007

Saber-toothed tiger was just a big ol’ puddy tat, yesh he was, oh yesh he was!

The business end of a saber-toothed tiger: Not as dangerous as previously feared, but still, dangerous enough.  Photo by Brendan Atkins from Flickr.com
The business end of a saber-toothed tiger: Not as dangerous as previously feared, but still, dangerous enough. Photo by Brendan Atkins from Flickr.com

Scientists in Australia, using a computer and advanced engineering formulas, have studied the skull of the famous saber-toothed tiger and discovered it wasn’t as fierce as previously thought. Due to weaknesses in the skull, its bite was only one-third as strong as a lion’s of similar size.

Of course, one-third the strength of a lion is still pretty strong.

OTOH, the saber-toothed tiger has a massively powerful body. The researches speculate that, rather than biting its prey on the run as lions do, the big cat first wrestled its prey to the ground and then clamped down on its neck.

No word as to whether these Ice Age creatures will be reintroduced to North America. If so, they would have to compete with these Tigers, the fiercest of all time.

(Other scientists have tried to figure out why the saber-toothed tiger had such big teeth to begin with.)

(And yes, I know it’s not really a tiger, but like my grandmother always used to say, alliteration counts for a lot.)

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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austin thompson says:

ha evory one i think sabortoothed tigers arny all dead because just the other day i was wallking in a creew bead in hartseele al mountabor road were i live any way i see a large cat it actualy looked like a tion or that cat on the web that is kindof orange in color but it was over 15 foot from nose too but the tail was about 10 in's or so it's teeth were over 14 in's long but almost strat but a little ceard and jagged on the in side . it was a male and most definatly over 1.300 houndred lb's with all thar musle on its arm's chest shoulders back ,legs,neck and tail . it had a very large deer in its mouth and ween i seen it for about 35 seconds it jumpt over 10 fot up over the bank esally and ran over 50 mph back doun the creck

posted on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 1:47pm

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