I don’t talk about it a lot but I love Smilodon guys. Like a lot. I mean
look at this majestic motherfucker.
And like, people think that Smilodon was basically just lions with long teeth but actually! no, not at all. Smilodon was a lot stockier than lions, because unlike lions who chase down their prey, Smilodon probably wrestled it’s prey to the ground, and possibly as a pride. Smilodons lack the long tails of lions, which means they aren’t as agile runners. There’s debate as to whether Smilodons were solitary hunters or not, but I personally think they were social creatures because we have the bones of cats who were significantly injured, to the point where they would not have been able to hunt, but who lived for years after the injury. This indicates at least some semblance of a pride, because that injured Smilodon had to have been provided food by another cat.
And the way they killed prey was different from lions. Lions clamp down on the windpipe of the prey until they suffocate, but this requires both conical teeth and a jaw strength that Smilodon didn’t have. Smilodon had jaws that were about as strong as a large dog’s but not strong enough to do what a lion does. And it’s teeth weren’t conical, they were more like steak knives, thin in the front and back but broad on the sides, meaning they were pretty fragile if pressure was applied to the sides of the tooth and would have snapped if it tried to hold down struggling prey.
What they think it did was overpowered it until the prey couldn’t move, then used it’s teeth to cut the jugular, ensuring a rather quick, quiet death, which they could manage cause their jaws could open insanely wide. It’s unclear what their fur looked like, if it was patterned like in the above pictures, or not like a cougar.
One interesting thing is that Smilodon cohabited the Americas with humans for at least 2,000 years. Smilodon died out ~10,000 years ago, but humans crossed over into the Americas at least 12,000 years ago (probably earlier). It’s actually theorized that the introduction of humans into the region was a contributing factor the Smilodon’s extinction.
They’re just really interesting animals guys I mean
They were skating the victory lap, holding hands as usual… but they drifted, their clasp grower looser as they separated. As they corrected course to skate together again, this is how their hand hold had transformed.
It’s my favorite weekend in February again! Today I was at the Carolina Alpaca Celebration in Concord, NC. We didn’t have any alpacas at the show, but it’s always fun to meet other alpaca people, listen to the seminars, and check out the vendors.
I’ve never met an alpaca I haven’t fallen in love with, but here were a few of my favorites. XD
We’ve made it, fandom. We’re finally at the end of season three. I don’t know about you, but I feel like this whole year has flown by. It wasn’t that long ago I was freaking out about the s2 finale! All this to say that doesn’t mean it’s been any easy year. It hasn’t. So here’s my obligatory End of Season Wrap-up. Ready? Okay, let’s go.