Smilodon – Saber-toothed tiger

The infamous saber-toothed cat of the Pleistocene epoch

A prehistoric predator that lived in North and South America during the Pleistocene epoch, around 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. This fearsome carnivore was known for its long, curved canine teeth, which could grow up to 18 cm (7 in) in length and were used for biting and tearing prey.

Despite its name, Smilodon was not closely related to modern tigers but was part of a separate branch of the feline family tree. With a powerful build and deadly jaws, Smilodon was one of the top predators of its time and likely hunted large herbivores such as bison and mammoths.