Meet Homotherium (in 3D, possible Arctic coat), a/k/a the other sabertoothed cat. A 19th-century taxonomist gave this fossil feline its name — homo, “same,” and
The lion-sized cat turned its back on a sunlit Pleistocene world of dry, open woodlands and padded into its den one last time. Although hungry,
Does it matter if the ferocious sabertooth that’s about to attack you lacks the right bone structure to convince scientists it’s a cat?
That’s actually a snow leopard cub, chosen not only for cuteness but also because you can’t see the teeth. What if they were little saberteeth?
Homotherium was the more successful of the two ice-age sabertoothed cats, but it’s also more of a mystery.