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Smilodon Saber Tooth Tiger Skull with Base Professional Reproduction

Smilodon Saber Tooth Tiger Skull with Base, Professional Reproduction
Smilodon Saber Tooth Tiger Skull with Base, Professional Reproduction
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Smilodon Saber Tooth Tiger Skull with Base, Professional Reproduction
The saber toothed tiger is a famous prehistoric mammal and one of the coolest and most interesting fossils in the world! The Smilodon belongs to the family Felidae, a group of extinct cats that vanished from history during the Pleistocene. Its two lethal, long saber teeth made it a very effective hunter. Smilodon was built to be a top notched aggressor and a steroid version of today's cats. It had a diet as diverse and exuberant as camels and bison. It is unknown as to why Smilodon went extinct.

The La Brea tarpits are a group of tarpits located in the city of Los Angeles, California. The name comes from Spanish - brea, meaning tar. It is thought that this natural asphalt has been seeping from underground over tens of thousands of years. Among the finds are remains of saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, bison, horses, a giant ground sloth, turtles, snails, clams, millipedes, fish, gophers, and an American lion. Only one human has been found, a partial skeleton of a woman dating back to around 10,000 years ago. She was 17 to 25 years old at death and her companion, a dog, was found with her. The tar pits have yielded one of the biggest collections of Ice Age fossils in the world, and collectively, the statistics are stunning. More than 200,000 individual dire wolf specimens alone have been found, as the pits are full of predators, and less so of prey. Most of the fossils at La Brea date from 11,000 to 50,000 years ago - about 65 million years after dinosaurs went extinct. Obviously scientists have not dug extremely deep, as it is a National Landmark. Paleontologists at the site have also recovered paper-thin fossils of pollen, bees, beetles, plant matter, insects, other tiny organisms, and small bones. A decade ago, scientists discovered about 200 species of microorganisms living in the asphalt with no water, little to no oxygen, and a heavy dose of toxic chemicals. Some of these microbes represented families of bacterial species that had never been seen before.

Just the story of the La Brea tar pits, located in the city of Los Angeles, California, brings to mind a time not so long ago when fearsome and fascinating creatures walked our planet! The La Brea Tarpits contain the largest collection of Smilodon fossils in the world.

This impressively large saber toothed tiger skull is a museum grade professional reproduction from the original. It was done in high quality polystone resin and professionally hand-painted to give it lifelike details and quality.

Size: 14" L X 8" W X 8 1/2" D, Weight 5 lbs. Walnut Base: 13 1/2" L X 8" W X 1" H

This La Brea Tarpit Skull professional reproduction makes an impressive and accurate display specimen and a great complement to any office, studio, study or collection on fossils.

Ships professionally with skull, base, information and display tag. Photo cube not included.

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