A couple of Smilodon pieces


Quick portrait of Smilodon fatalis, the great saber-toothed cat. It wasn’t really a tiger, but it would have filled an almost equivalent niche in its Pleistocene North American domain.

When coloring the Smilodon, I prefer to give it a gray coat with white spots. That would fit a snowy Ice Age environment very well in my opinion.


Smilodon fatalis, the most famous saber-toothed cat, doesn’t know what to make of a snowman that the local Native American children have made. Is it prey, or simply a funny-looking accumulation of snow?

I don’t know if Native Americans of any era would have made snowmen, or whether that’s an exclusively Western invention. Nonetheless, I am sure Native American children would have still played with snow wherever available, and of course prehistoric people’s art wouldn’t have been limited to cave paintings like we tend to imagine.


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