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Top 10 Animals We'd Like to "De-Extinct"

By Becky Ferreira Mar 22, 2013

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The Smilodon (Saber-Toothed Tiger)

There is no other animal that captures the essence of the Pleistocene quite like the Smilodon. With its signature 11-inch canines, the Smilodon was a ferocious apex predator built more like a bear than a cat. Unlike modern big cats, it had short but massive legs, built for strength not speed. It could bring down enormous prey with its muscled body, and ensure that the unlucky victim stayed still while it delivered its killing bite. Hmm, maybe it's not such a great idea to bring them back...

Tags: animals, science, slideshows, fossils, de-extinct, extinction

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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