When it comes to prehistoric mammals, there are two that spring immediately to mind: the mammoth or mastodon (we're not going to split that wooly hair quite yet), and the saber-toothed cat (often wrongly called a "saber-tooth tiger"). There's just something really surreal and terrifying about an animal that's bigger than any living cat, with 11-inch incisors jutting out of its mouth. But as it turns out, the fact that we're living in an age without saber-toothed animals is the anomaly. Saber-toothed meat-eaters have evolved no less than seven separate times in the history of the planet — so why aren't there any left? We talked to Bill Simpson, the Head of Geological Collections at The Field Museum in Chicago, to find out.
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Written by Reuben Westmaas September 7, 2017
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