Stories tagged saber-tooth tiger

Nov
01
2007

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.)