Study Points Out Complex Teeth Structure of Ancient Tiger

The saber-toothed tiger is very well-known in to the world. But despite such publicity, many aspects of this old giant cat are unexplored. In order to paralyze its prey, this dangerous predator used to bite the target with its sharp teeth to damage its veins and arteries, the latest research pointed out. Paleontologists at the New York State Museum informed that the ability of saber-toothed tiger to grow these lethal teeth was studied through a research. The rate of teeth growth was double than today’s cat. The giant cat was same in size with modern tiger.
The scientific name of the species is Smilodon fatalis and its natural habitat was somewhere around North and South America. Many members of this cat family managed to grow 7 inch long teeth. Z. Jack Tseng, the co-author of the study said that big cats were the important predators at that time. The hunting capacity of the creature can be determined by its ability to grow the teeth. Teeth are important for cutting meat, bones and consuming the food. Clemson University researcher Aleksander Wyscocki was also part of the team.
The cats used to learn hunting at very small age because rapid growth of the teeth. The bone fusion process to trigger the teeth growth starts at the age of one in the cubs. Modern lion’s grow teeth in the later of their life. The mammal gets two groups of teeth for hunting. The one set stops its growth when cub becomes two years old.




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