Assyrian Smilodon? Science Says No, but His Smile Says, Yes!

Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 30 2007


Photo: Assyrian Smilodon, estimated by the museum to be from the
period, 2000 B.C. to 200 B.C.

If one puts the best face possible on this for the current expert scientific position on smilodon, this piece represents a species that became extinct only 10,000 years ago (longer for other species of Smilodon, see below).

If so, then the experts may be off by only 8,000 years or so, or approximatly 300%. That’s pretty close when compared to other creatures we’ve discussed on these pages. As the saying goes….hand grenades and horse shoes….

Of course, there may be some who don’t agree that this piece in fact represents Smilodon, we don’t want to ignore that as a possibility, however remote.


Smilodon (IPA: /smailəʊdÉ‘n/, a bahuvrihi from Greek: σμίλη “knife” and (Ionic) ὀδών “tooth”) is an extinct genus of large machairodontine sabre-toothed cats that are understood to have lived between approximately 3 million to 10,000 years ago in North and South America.

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