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Smilodon californicus mount.jpg
S. fatalis skelet at National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
Scienteefic clessification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Faimily: Felidae
Subfaimily: Machairodontinae
Tribe: Smilodontini
Genus: Smilodon
Lund, 1842

Smilodon is an extinct genus o machairodont felid. It is perhaps ane o the maist famous prehistoric mammals, an the best kent saber-tuithed cat. Awtho commonly kent as the saber-tuithed teeger, it wisna closely relatit tae the teeger or ither modren cats. The genus wis named in 1842, based on fossils frae Brazil. Three species are recognised the day: S. gracilis, S. fatalis an S. populator. The twa latter species war probably descendit frae S. gracilis, which itsel probably evolved frae Megantereon. The lairgest collection o Smilodon fossils haes been obtained frae the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, Californie.