National Geographic : 1955 Dec
© National Geographic Society 804 Painting by Andre Durenceau Saber-toothed Cats, Terrors of the Ice Age, Strike Down a Mooselike Deer Bob-tailed Cervalces differed from any horned creature now living. The shape of his antlers set him apart from the true moose. Princeton University Museum preserves the only known complete skeleton, discovered in a New Jersey bog. Fearsomely armed with upper canines that sometimes reached a length of nine inches, saber toothed Smilodon-erroneously called tiger-was ideally adapted to preying on ponderous grass eaters. He may have been a victim of his own specialization, becoming extinct when his prey died out. Here one cat prepares to stab with his tusks. Hunters, not daring to come close, hope to dine on the scraps.