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Smilodon populator (Smilodon populator Lund, 1842)
Size: was around 2.3 meters long, 1,2 meters tall at the shoulder. Weight estimated about 400 kg.
Time period: Throughout the Pleistocene, till the very early Holocene (South America).
Smilodon populator was the largest saber-toothed species that ever lived, some 20% larger than its North American relative, Smilodon fatalis. Smilodon populator lived throughout much of the continent and was the only saber-toothed cat identified in South America for many years. Potential prey of Smilodon preserved in the cave include the ground sloth, the horses, a camelid, a deer, and a litoptern, Macrauchenia.