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phylum Chordata Smilodon is an extinct genus of machairodont felid. It is perhaps the best known saber-toothed cat and lived in North America during the Pleistocene epoch (2.5 mya—10,000 years ago). The nickname "saber-tooth" refers to the extreme length of their maxillary canines. Despite the colloquial name "saber-toothed tiger", Smilodon is not closely related to the tiger (or any other living felid)

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class Mammalia
infraclass Eutheria
order Carnivora
suborder Feliformia
family Felidae
genus Smilodon
Temporal range Pleistocene

Smilodon Skeleton

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