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The consummate guide to the ultimate sabertooth.Few animals spark the imagination as much as the sabertooth cat Smilodon. With their incredibly long canines, which hung like fangs past their jaws, these ferocious predators were first encountered by humans when our species entered the Americas. We can only imagine what ice age humans felt when they were confronted by a wild cat larger than a Siberian tiger.Because Smilodon skeletons are perennial favorites with museum visitors, researchers have devoted themselves to learning as much as possible about the lives of these massive cats. This volume, edited by celebrated academics, brings together a team of experts to provide a comprehensive and contemporary view of all that is known about Smilodon. The result is a detailed scientific work that will be invaluable to paleontologists, mammalogists, and serious amateur sabertooth devotees. The book • covers all major aspects of the animal's natural history, evolution, phylogenetic relationships, anatomy, biomechanics, and ecology • traces all three Smilodon species across both North and South America• brings together original, unpublished research with historical accounts of Smilodon's discovery in nineteenth-century BrazilThe definitive reference on these iconic Pleistocene mammals, Smilodon will be cited by researchers for decades to come. Contributors: John P. Babiarz, Wendy J. Binder, Charles S. Churcher, Larisa R. G. DeSantis, Robert S. Feranec, Therese Flink, James L. Knight , Margaret E. Lewis, Larry D. Martin, H. Gregory McDonald, Julie A. Meachen, William C. H. Parr, Ashley R. Reynolds. Kevin L. Seymour, Christopher A. Shaw, C. S. Ware, Lars Werdelin, H. Todd Wheeler, Stephen Wroe, M. Aleksander Wysocki

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Smilodon: A Short History of Becoming the Iconic Sabertooth
  2. H. Gregory McDonald
  3. pp. 1-13
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  1. 2. The Phylogenetic Context of Smilodon
  2. Lars Werdelin and Therese Flink
  3. pp. 14-29
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  1. 3. Smilodon fatalis from Talara, Peru: Sex, Age, Mass, and Histology
  2. Kevin L. Seymour, Ashley R. Reynolds, and Charles S. Churcher
  3. pp. 30-52
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  1. 4. The Sabertooth Cat, Smilodon populator (Carnivora, Felidae), from Cueva del Milodón, Chile
  2. H. Gregory McDonald and Lars Werdelin
  3. pp. 53-75
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  1. 5. Smilodon from South Carolina: Implications for the Taxonomy of the Genus
  2. John P. Babiarz, H. Todd Wheeler, James L. Knight, and Larry D. Martin
  3. pp. 76-107
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  1. 6. Understanding Killing Behavior in Smilodon fatalis: The Role of Computational Biomechanics
  2. Stephen Wroe and William C. H. Parr
  3. pp. 108-117
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  1. 7. An Engineering Experiment Testing the Canine Shear-Bite Model for Smilodon
  2. H. Todd Wheeler
  3. pp. 118-127
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  1. 8. The Evolution of the Skull, Mandible, and Teeth of Rancho La Brea Smilodon fatalis as They Relate to Feeding Adaptations
  2. Julie A. Meachen and Wendy J. ­Binder
  3. pp. 128-138
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  1. 9. Analyzing the Tooth Development of Sabertooth Carnivores: Implications Regarding the Ecology and Evolution of Smilodon fatalis
  2. M. Aleksander Wysocki and Robert S. Feranec
  3. pp. 139-152
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  1. 10. Dietary Ecology of Smilodon
  2. Larisa R. G. DeSantis
  3. pp. 153-170
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  1. 11. The Postcranial Morphology of Smilodon
  2. Margaret E. Lewis
  3. pp. 171-195
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  1. 12. Smilodon Paleopathology: A Summary of Research at Rancho La Brea
  2. Christopher A. Shaw and C. S. Ware
  3. pp. 196-206
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 207-212
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  1. Color Plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421425573
Related ISBN
9781421425566
MARC Record
OCLC
1031090873
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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