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Comic 2165 - Ep. 29, Page 30

9th Jun 2016, 9:30 PM in Episode 29 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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Author Notes:

smbhax 9th Jun 2016, 9:30 PM edit delete
Scientists calculate that saber-toothed cats had relatively weak bites: a Smilodon, for instance—the type on which the cats in today's page were mostly based (I should note that not all "saber-toothed cats" were actually cats: for instance, the first saber-toothed animal was a mammal-like reptile, a precursor to mammals, and a couple orders of later saber-tooths were more closely related to marsupials than cats)—had a bite strength only a third as strong as a modern lion.

One theory to explain this apparent disadvantage notes that while the muscle powering the lower jaw of the saber-tooths was relatively weak, the muscle attaching to the base of the skull from the neck was larger than a modern cat's, suggesting that they stabbed their enlarged canine teeth (some got up to nearly 20 inches long) into their prey with a powerful downward motion of their neck.


cattservant 9th Jun 2016, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
smbhax 11th Jun 2016, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
moizmad 10th Jun 2016, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
Selenis: Queen Of The Jungle!
smbhax 11th Jun 2016, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
She's gotta practice the vine-swinging thing...