Smilodon detail, White Sands Pleistocene Environment
Geologic period: Pleistocene
Smildon, the Pleistocene predator often called a "saber-toothed tiger". While Smilodon was bigger and more robust than modern lions or tigers, it was not closely related to either modern cat's lineage.
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The savannah-like terrain of what is now White Sands National Monument combined open grasslands and copses of trees... probably ideal for Smilodon, who is thought to have been an ambush predator.