Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 275–276 | Cite as

Emerging from the Shadow of Smilodon

The Other Saber-Tooths: Scimitar-Toothed Cats of the Western Hemisphere. Edited by V. L. Naples, L. D. Martin, and J. P. Babiarz. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 2011. 236 pp., $110 (cloth). ISBN 0-8018-9664-9
  • John D. Orcutt
Book Review

Machairodontines, more popularly known as saber-toothed cats, are perhaps the most iconic of extinct mammals, due in no small part to the extensive research that has been carried out on Smilodon, known from the Pleistocene of the Americas. Machairodontines are, however, considerably more diverse than is often realized, spreading to and dominating the carnivore fauna on nearly every continent during the Neogene. Their diversity is often organized into two groups: the dirk-toothed cats, including Smilodon and its relatives the smilodontins, and the scimitar-toothed cats or homotheriins, characterized by shorter but more robust canines. Historically, the former group has been more extensively studied, largely because of the hundreds of specimens of S. fatalis that have been recovered from the tar seeps of Rancho La Brea. The study of scimitar-toothed cats, particularly in North America, has long languished in the shadow of Smilodon. As its title suggests, The Other Saber-toothsfocuses...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OregonEugeneUSA

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