SMILODON FATALIS SABER CAT "MILK" FANG
Withlacoochee River - Florida, U.S.A.
AGE) TO LATE PLEISTOCENE PERIOD: 300,000 to 10,000 years ago
One of the rarest
and most coveted fossil teeth we receive numerous requests for is for
the "killing saber" from the king of the Saber-Toothed cats, SMILODON
FATALIS. Unfortunately, the saber fang of these beasts is many
times more rare than even T. rex teeth as their existence was
short-lived and each cat only had two of these fangs. Despite our
close proximity to an abundance of deposits Pleistocene mammalian
fossils and constant communication with several full-time fossil
hunters, a really nice quality killing saber still remains an elusive
specimen. In addition, a fine grade large saber from a Smilodon
cat would run into the many thousands of dollars should one ever become
available. This highly unusual specimen provides for a very unique
chance to acquire a complete saber killing fang from a juvenile
Smilodon fatalis! Never before have we encountered such a rare
saber-tooth. It is complete with NO DAMAGE, BREAKAGE OR
RESTORATION. It is
an extreme rarity to encounter such a tooth. This was one of the
killing fangs of a young Smilodon fatalis and is considered a "milk
fang". The baby cat would have been armed with a pair of these
deadly fangs and as it matured, lost these two teeth to grow a larger
and permanent set that would be serrated. The milk sabers are not
serrated. Imagine a small Smilodon with a set of these large fangs
protruding from its closed mouth! Even the baby cats surely were
extremely dangerous. This tooth is perfect on both sides and has a
portion of the root still attached. The enamel and grain is
perfect and beautifully colored with tones ranging from light tapioca to
the overall crown body to caramel and gold highlights. The tip is
perfect, sharp and undamaged as is the entire tooth. It is safe to
say we will likely never have such a specimen to offer again and at this
price, certainly you couldn't touch a full-grown Smilodon killing saber
of equal quality. This is the finest grade possible of this super
rare fang you could expect. Truly an exotic and prized specimen to
impress any advanced collector!
far more rare than a T. rex dinosaur tooth - you won't find
another one like this, it is RARE!!!
Guaranteed NO REPAIR and NO RESTORATION.
This beauty is AS
cats can be grouped in two major classes based on the geometry of their
upper fangs. The normal sized tooth cats have canines with round a
cross-section and they are called CONICAL-TOOTHED cats. The
saber-toothed cats are in a separate class and they also can be grouped
in two further classes known as SCIMITAR-TOOTHED cats and DIRK-TOOTHED
cats. The Scimitar-toothed cats have coarsely serrated fangs that
are shorter and broader than the Dirk-toothed cats. Examples of
Scimitar-toothed cats include Nimravides, Machairodus Xenosmilus
and Dinobastis. The Dirk-toothed cats have much fangs that
are much longer and narrower and may or may not have serrations.
Examples of Dirk-toothed cats include Megantereon and Smilodon.
origin of Sabre-toothed cats is unknown but generally speaking, felids
migrated to North America around 16 million years ago during the Miocene
Period. In the European Lower Pleistocene, the panther-sized
Megantereon was the dominant saber-toothed cat in the Mediterranean
region from Africa to Asia. This species possibly reached North
America via the Bering land bridge to later evolve into the large and
powerful Smilodon. This massive saber cat weighed 600 to
800 pounds and measured 39 - 47 inches high!
Upper Pleistocene, the largest of the Sabre-toothed cats, Smilodon,
had appeared in North America. The last of the great predators (Smilodon
and Dinobastis) succumbed to extinction in North America
approximately 11,000 years ago.
RARE AND OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY POSSIBLE - ONE OF THE ULTIMATE FOSSIL
TEETH TO OWN!
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX Actual
Item - One Only