The saber tooth tiger or Smilodon refers to the prehistoric big cat that had existed during the last ice age some 12,000 years ago. Scientists usually call them Smilodon although they are also called saber-toothed tiger precisely due to their protruding front canines extending out of their mouth. However tiger-like they may appear to you, Smilodon weren’t even closely related to modern day tigers or lions.
Scientists have recognized three subspecies of Smilodon. When we say ‘Saber-toothed cats’ we generally refer to all those predatory mammals that had the iconic front canines like Smildon. Lately, scientists assume that there could have more saber tooth tigers lived than we anticipated. Perhaps it’s time to dig out some of the most interesting and amazing saber tooth tiger facts.