As you may have gathered from the content of previous posts in this blog, I think it is just impossible to unravel the mysteries of the sabertooths without an in-depth study of modern cats. For this reason, the work of naturalists such as Jonathan Scott (of “Big Cat Diary” fame) has been such an essential input and inspiration for my work in reconstructing those extinct predators.

Now I am proud to announce that Jonathan and I are preparing a documentary film that will bring together the fascinating findings of paleontologists with the raw power of first-hand observations of the modern felines in their environments, in order to produce new and surprising insights into the evolution and adaptations of the sabertooths and their living relatives. This is not just a film, it is an experience of ongoing research, and I am sure that the results of this collaboration are going to change the way we see these mighty predators – both living and extinct.

In order to complete the film we will be launching a crowdfunding initiative a few months from now, so that the documentary can be ready to premiere sometime in 2014. We will announce the dates in due course.

With my collaborators from “The Fly Factory” creating amazing 3D animations of the anatomy and action of the sabertooths and a team of professionals behind the camera and in the cutting room, this is going to be a truly eye-opening experience. Stay tuned!

You can watch an early trailer for the film in the following link (make sure to set the YouTube quality settings to HD!) :

Life reconstruction of the sabertooth cat Megantereon

Life reconstruction of the sabertooth cat Megantereon


Posted on 04/03/2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have an interesting skull that really tells a story abotu an individual can and about how they adapted as they aged. I have a very interesting Dinictis skull that I am just finishing the repairs on. It is from a very old cat. the right canine was broken off and continued to be used and has a tremendous wear facet. The left is also quite worn and rounded off.

    Its pre-max teeth are all worn to nubs. The incredible thing about the skull is the Maxila teeth have all rotated inward as the cat aged, sharpening themselves, and the mandible teeth rotated outward. Several of the mandible teeth have been worn down nearly to the jaw and one is missing completely but you can tell from the bone that it was lost before death and the bone has started changing shape around the gap. It tells quite the story.

    Just thought I would share. If it is of interest in any way, please feel free to contact me and I can provide more information and photos.

    Fossil Shack

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