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    Posted 4 years ago

    fortapache
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    It used to be the Saber Tooth Tiger and than it was the Saber Tooth Cat but the official name was always Smilodon. Don is Greek for tooth so whatevertooth is a popular name for prehistoric creatures. Anyway if you look at the fossil photos it is clear that Smilodon was not a tiger. Next to it is what is now called a Giant Jaguar which is built like a tiger but bigger. The back legs of Smilodon are shorter than the front legs unlike other cats which have longer back legs. Smilodon was about the size of a modern lion or tiger.
    The fossil friend featured in photo 4 is the Giant Jaguar. It used to be known as the American Lion but apparently is more closely related to Jaguars. It is a bit of a dumb name but they have a skull the size of a grizzly bear.
    Finally on to the subject of this post which is my souvenir I just picked up at the La Brea Tar Pits. It is made by Safari Ltd and is a current item. Safari is probably the leading manufacturer of this type of toy. Making toys worthy of adult collectors.
    I have been a prehistoric creature fan for as long as I can recall so I keep track of this sort of stuff.

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      Thank you very much Thomas. I think we better hurry and get Tony his frosted flakes.
    2. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      Thank you
      Caperkid
      iggy
      brunswick
      Manikan
      vetraio50
    3. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      How I'd love visit La Brea Tar Pits! Fascinated by those creatures too since my childhood, I wanted to become a paleontologist... now nearly a fossile ;-))
      Tony is a nice figurine!!!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      I thought at first look of the thumbnail photo that you had a new, very rare (!) piece of taxidermy, then I thought some new skeletons had arrived.
      Interesting post.
    5. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      Thank you very much kyratango. The nearby LA Museum of Natural History has even more Prehistoric mammals and dinosaurs so visit it too should you get the chance.
    6. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      Thank you very much racer4four. I would love to have taxidermy like that. But even a replica skull was $400.
    7. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      Thank you
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      kyratango
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    8. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      Thank you
      mikelv85
      Caperkid
    9. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      Thank you JImam.
    10. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      Thank you SEAN68.

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