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September 5, 2006
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HP ScanJet 4600
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Sep 4, 2006, 9:13:41 PM
Smilodon Fatalis Concept by balaa Smilodon Fatalis Concept by balaa
just a quick smilodon sketch I did while I couldn't sleep. I was mostly playing with markings and just kinda studying their skeletons, namely their skulls. I'm just fascinated with them..I guess because they aren't alive anymore and so we can only guess at what they might have looked like..which is just fun! I was also toying with the idea of 'Would male Sabertooths have manes?" There is still some debate as to whether they were pride animals, but most scientsists seem to agree they were simply because of evidence found that suggested bones a lone cat..a fractured bone would guarantee certain death. However, some of these cats were cared for and fed while they recovered. Which likely means they were pride animals..much like today's lions (and roughly the same size) which leads me to wonder would territorial males had use for manes as used for intimidation/increased look in size etc. Or would have their sheer size and the massive jaws been used for the same purpose? Just idle thoughts..and of course this fella doesn't have a mane..just yummy stripes.

size: 7x11"
tools: mechanical pencil on smooth bristol
time: ?
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ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
perfectly beautifull work my friend~
aloha from kauaii
raqqawi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome detail! I love reading about them and imagining what they might have looked like as well :D
This is going to my faves.
Abraxas-within Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
pfft, sketch my ass, this is amazing.
DanteSmilodon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Do you really want :iconbalaa: to draw that part of your body, or are you saying this is too great as to simply call it a sketch? :D
Abraxas-within Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha that was pretty good. :)
masonday Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
roarodon07 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
This is bloody amazing I absolutely amazing!!!
kupofromhell Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
that's an interesting view on things, i didn't know that much about them.
now i'm interested, to wikipedia we go!!!!!!!!
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Populator is much more bad@ss.
dogalmighty Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*pets the kitty*
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