The saber-toothed tiger: The most fearsome feline
he saber-toothed tiger lived in the Pleistocene, a colder, drier time than the present. In this era, glaciers covered much of Eurasia and North America, as far as the Great Lakes.
South of these places, the dominant ecosystem was the prairies covered with small shrubs.
In this habitat developed such iconic animals as the mammoth and other large mammals that Smilodon preyed on.
About 13,000 years ago began a dramatic rise in temperatures that completely changed ecosystems, favoring trees to the detriment of grasslands.
This led to the mass extinction of large animals, such as mammoths or giant deer, both taken from the saber-toothed tiger. Some authors point out that his specialization in such large dams was what eventually led to his disappearance.