Thursday, July 14, 2011

10 Types of Prehistoric Cats, World's Largest

1. Smilodon




Smilodon is one of the most famous prehistoric predators, and also one of the most formidable. There are at least three species live in North and South America; the smallest species, Smilodon gracilis, the size of the modern jaguar, while the lion of Smilodon fatalis. However, the species Smilodon Populator weighs 300 kg and an average of up to 500 kg when adult. Smilodon was not so nimble like modern cats, but he is very strong, with strong legs are also thick neck, and especially long nails to grip their prey. tusks can reach 30 cm in length, and perfect for causing a fatal injury ground squirrels, large animals, and even mammoths. 2. Pleistocene tiger





Pleistocene tiger is an 'early version' of the same tiger that we see today.Tigers evolved somewhere in Asia about 2 million years ago, various types of prey are large herbivores living in the continent at that time. Tigers are currently the largest cat, the Bengal and Siberian large males weighing up to 300 kg or more. During the Pleistocene era, a greater food supply, so that the tiger is also growing larger, and weighs 490 kg.
 3. American lion







Or American lion Panthera Atrox, perhaps the best known of all the prehistoric cat Smilodon. He lived in North and South America (from Alaska to Peru) during the Pleistocene era, and became extinct 11,000 years ago. Singa America is the largest cat in North America during the Ice Age, weight reached 470 pounds, maybe even 500 kg and is able to prey on animals that are very large.4. Kabir Machairodus







Machairodus, may seem like a giant with a sabertooth tiger, although it is impossible to know whether the skin is striped, speckled or other types of fur sign. Machairodus rarely mentioned as a giant cat, but the fossils found in Chad, Africa, (and classified as new species, Machairodus kabir), indicating that this creature is one of the largest cat and weighs 490 kg, or perhaps 500 kg. 5. Homotheirum







Also known as 'cat sword', Homotherium is one of the most successful cat in prehistoric times, are found in North America and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He was a good hunter, who quickly adapted to the foot running and active, especially during the day thus avoiding competition with other nocturnal predators. forelegs are very long and shorter hind legs, which gives the appearance of a bit like a hyena. Although Homotherium not famous for its size, but the fossil remains of several cats sword, was recently discovered in the North Sea shows that they can weigh 400 kg, is greater than the modern Siberian tigers. 6. Cave Lion







Lions Cave is a giant lion subspecies, weighing up to 300 kg or more. This is one of the most dangerous and powerful predators during the last Ice Age in Europe, and there is evidence that he feared, and may be worshiped by the prehistoric man. Many cave paintings and some sculptures have been found depicting the Lion Caves. Interestingly, this suggests that the lion is hardly possess the feathers of the neck, such as the modern tiger. This is confusing, some cave paintings also show the Lion Caves have faint stripes on the legs and tail. This has led some scientists to conclude that the Lions might actually Cave is more associated with the Tigers. 7. European Jaguar







Unlike the giant Jaguar, jaguar Panthera gombaszoegensis European or not originating from the same species as modern jaguar. Jaguar Europe is a big predators, weighing up to 210 kg or more, and probably at the top of the food chain in Europe, 1.5 million years ago. Fossils have been found in Germany, France, Britain, Spain and the Netherlands. 8. Giant Jaguar



Jaguar is now smaller stature when compared to the lions or tigers, their average weight is usually 60-100 kg. However, in prehistoric times, parts of North and South America is home to the giant Jaguar. Still the same species as modern jaguar. He exceeds the size of a lion or tiger adult, and probably several times more powerful as well as with bite 9. Xenosmilus




Fanged Xenosmilus short, thick, but quite sharp. All teeth (not just canines) have serrated edges for cutting meat, and more like a shark's tooth or a carnivorous dinosaur, compared to the teeth of modern cats. With a weight of 180-230 kg, Xenosmilus not strangle their prey like modern cats do, he simply took a large bite flesh of the victim, and wait for its prey bleed to death. 10.Giant Cheetah




Giant Cheetah (Acinonyx pardinensis), derived from the same genus with our modern cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), and may seem very similar, but much larger. With a weight of 120-150 pounds, he was able to prey on animals larger than her size. But there is some debate whether he could run as fast as the modern cheetah, because of greater severity, but according to some experts, the Cheetah Giants have longer legs and heart as well as lungs greater, allows he is able to run as fast or even faster than modern cheetahs today that his running ability can reach over 115 km / hour
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