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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2020 4:29 p.m. PST

… DNA Study Suggests

"Scientists have mapped the entire nuclear genome of a saber-toothed cat species known as Homotherium latidens, also called the scimitar-toothed cat. The resulting DNA analysis suggests these Pleistocene predators were fearsome pack hunters capable of running for long distances as they chased their prey to exhaustion.

Smilodon, with its impossibly long fangs, is probably the most famous saber-toothed cat, but new research published today in Current Biology suggests another saber-toothed cat, a species known as Homotherium latidens, is equally worthy of our attention.

Oh, in case you're wondering, "saber-toothed cats" is a kind of colloquial catch-all term used to describe extinct predatory felids with long canines that protruded from their mouths even when their jaws were closed. The more technical term for this group is Machairodontinae, a now-extinct subfamily of Felidae. And no, we don't call them "saber-toothed tigers" anymore, because they weren't actually tigers…"


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Extrabio194715 Oct 2020 4:54 p.m. PST

When the old First American National Bank in Nashville was building its new headquarters, the contractors digging the foundation broke into a prehistoric cavern, and found inside the skeleton of a Sabre-toothed tiger.

Fast forward….

That Sabre-toothed tiger eventually became the mascot for the NHL Nashville Predators. When it first appeared on the team's uniforms, the tiger's head was a skull. Only later was the head fleshed out.


The skeleton now resides in The Tennessee State Museum. A replica can be found in the lobby of the bank, now part of Regions Bank.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 12:36 p.m. PST



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