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Dinosaurs In Literature, History and Art:
Assyrian Smilodon?....Page 65

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

Assyrian Smilodon, estimated by the museum to be from the
period, 2000 B.C. to 200 B.C. Click and drag photo to resize.

Smilodon (IPA: /smailəʊdɑn/, 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.

They are probably the successors to Megantereon. The smilodon species are also known as Saber-Toothed Cats or Saber-Toothed Tigers

The genus Smilodon was described by the Danish naturalist and palaeontologist Peter Wilhelm Lund in 1841. He found the fossils of Smilodon populator in caves near the small town of Lagoa Santa, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. As many as six species of Smilodon are known to have existed:

Smilodon fatalis, 1.6 million-10,000 years ago
Smilodon gracilis, 2.5 million-500,000 years ago
Smilodon populator, 1 million-10,000 years ago
Smilodon neogaeus, 3 million-500,000 years ago
Smilodon floridus, may be a subspecies of Smilodon fatalis
Smilodon californicus, may be a subspecies of Smilodon fatalis.

A fully-grown Smilodon weighed approximately 200 kilograms (450 pounds) and had a short tail, powerful legs and a large head. About the size of a lion, Smilodon was extremely powerful. Its jaws could open 120 degrees. Its fangs were about 17 cm (7 inches) long.

Many Smilodon fossils have been unearthed at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. The Smilodon is the prehistoric cat that is best known to researchers. They are very commonly incorrectly called "sabre toothed tigers." In truth, all modern day cats came from a completely different line.

...Wikipedia

History

Kayseri has been a continuous settlement since 3000 BC. The city has been a vital trade center as it lies on what was the Great Silk Road. As being one of three oldest cities founded in Anatolia as well as its proximity to major trade routes, the city bears one of the oldest historical heritage on the planet.

Assyrian "Smilodon" compared with contemporary renderings,
Click and drag photo to resize.

There were three golden-age periods for Kayseri. First, dating back to 2000BC, city was the trade post between the Assyrians and the Hittite empire. Second golden age was lived during 200-300AD under Roman rule; at one point the population of the city was almost half a million. Third golden age is during the reign of Seljuks, when the city was the second capital of the state.

The 1500-year-old Roman castle is still standing in a good shape at the central square of the city. The short-lived Seljuk rule left large number of historical landmarks; historical buildings such as Hunad-Hatun complex, Kilicarslan mosque, The Grand Mosque and Gevher Nesibe asylum also belong to the Seljuq Era. The Grand Bazaar dates from the latter part of the 1800s, but the adjacent Caravanserai (where merchant traders gathered before forming a caravan) dates from around 1500.

An Armenian church from the 19th century still operates as a church, another from the same period is used as a gymnasium. However, apart from these few, large, religious and secular constructions, most of Kayseri is modern: the town's older districts (which were filled with ornate mansion-houses mostly dating from the 18th and 19th centuries) were subjected to wholesale demolitions starting in the 1970s.

The city is famous for its carpet sellers, and a range of carpets and rugs can be purchased reasonably ranging from new to 50 or more years old.

Kayseri Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art--Source of the Object:

"This museum was established in 1969 in the Hudavend Hatun Medrese. It had been a museum since 1938. The museum contains tiles, wooden and metal objects, manuscripts, inscriptions, carpets and kilims, copper objects, clothes and jewelry, embroidery and other ethnographic works from the Seljuk Beylikler and Ottoman periods.

Kultepe Museum :

Kultepe, formerly called Kanis, is about 20 km. away from Kayseri. It is 3 km. north of the Sivas road. Excavations have been carried out in the Kultepe around for 100 years.

But Prof. Dr. Tahsin Ozguc carried out the first systematic excavation in 1948.

In the market place (called a Karum), on the skirts of the barrow were found cuneiform tablets and seals dating from the Assyrian Trade Colonies period.

These were taken to the archaeological museums of Ankara and Kayseri. Four buildings were uncovered in the Karum. It was determined that the Assyrian traders had lived here between 1950 and 1850 BC. The top building layer belongs to the Roman period, and below that to the Phrygian and Hittite periods. Underneath these were found Bronze and Copper age remains.

A local museum was built here in order to give more information about the Kultepe excavation site. It was opened to the public in 1969.

It consists of a large room in which findings from the excavations are arranged in chronological order. Among these are tablets, seals, and ceramics. There are also photographs and sketches of the Kultepe excavation". ... ISTANBUL PORTAL Blog Comments Here

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