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A more fearsome saber-toothed cat

Fossils suggest creature’s bite was devastating

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4:21pm, October 20, 2008
CLEVELAND — Analyses of fossils reveal that a third, newly recognized type of saber-toothed cat — one that killed by biting large chunks of flesh from its victim instead of biting its neck and slashing the major blood vessels there — roamed the Americas about a million years ago.

All modern-day cats, from tabbies to tigers, have cone-shaped incisors and canine teeth at the front of their jaws, and most of these felines are relatively lithe. But the extinct saber-toothed cats were a different breed altogether.

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