Fossilized Sabertooth Smilodon Populator Skull Fragment:
South America, Uruguay, Pleistocene (Ice Age), ca. 1 million to 10,000 years ago. Wow! This is a partial skull from the largest Smilodon genus, Smilodon populator, a prehistoric predator with saber teeth – more commonly known as the saber tooth tiger! This skull is 100% original material from the back half of the cranium, with a prominent sagittal crest, and great coloration throughout – the interior cavities are a fascinating look at the fossilized bone structures. The rareness of any Smilodon make for a highly coveted collector piece and is simply amazing to behold. Populator genus is not readily found, and this is a rare chance to acquire the largest species of Smilodon, the king of megafauna carnivores! This cat could have 12 inch (30 cm) canine teeth and was 4.5 feet (1.3 meters) tall, weighing at approximately 220 to 470 kg (490 to 1,040 lb.)! Holding this half skull gives a wonderful impression of the size of these cats! Size: 8.5″ L x 6″ W x 7″ H (21.6 cm x 15.2 cm x 17.8 cm)
We cannot stress enough what a rare chance this is to have a skull that is 100% original material from such a coveted animal! Smilodons are an extinct saber tooth cat, that roamed the Americas. This was a muscular cat, with huge canine teeth with were the most iconic and memorable part of these creatures. They lived in forests and grasslands, ambushing prey such as camelids, horses, deer, ground sloths, and even mastodons. Smilodons certainly filled the niche of mega-carnivore with teeth adapted for killing megafauna much larger than itself. Because these kings of cats are so famous and popular, their fossilized remains are highly desired.
This piece has been searched against the Art Loss Register database and has been cleared. The Art Loss Register maintains the world’s largest database of stolen art, collectibles, and antiques.
Provenance: private Rome, Georgia, USA collection
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Professionally prepared, 100% natural material and no restoration or repairs! Partial skull as shown, back half. This is a rare piece.