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Smilodon gracilis Cope 1880 (saber-toothed cat)

Osteichthyes - Carnivora - Felidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 51615

Alternative combinations: Ischyrosmilus gracilis, Machaerodus gracilis, Megantereon gracilis, Smilodontopsis gracilis

Synonyms: Machaerodus mercerii Cope 1895 (no. 47833), Smilodon mercerii Cope 1895 (no. 51616), Smilodontopsis mercerii Cope 1895 (no. 51623), Uncia mercerii Cope 1895 (no. 52587)

Belongs to Smilodon according to A. Berta and H. Galiano 1983

Sister taxa: Smilodon crucians, Smilodon fatalis, Smilodon populator, Smilodon riggii

Type specimens:

  • Smilodon gracilis: Its type locality is Port Kennedy Cave, which is in an Irvingtonian cave horizon in Pennsylvania
  • Uncia mercerii: Its type locality is Port Kennedy Cave, which is in an Irvingtonian cave horizon in Pennsylvania.

Ecology: scansorial insectivore

Average measurements (in mm): m1 22.7 x 10.0