|Named By:||Fabrini in 1890|
|Time Period:||Early Pliocene to Late Pleistocene, 4-0.012 Ma |
|Location:||Across Eurasia, Africa, North America, also present in South America (specifically Venezuela)|
|Size:||1.1 meters high at the shoulder|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Mammalia | Felidae | Machairodontinae | Machairodontini ||
|Also known as:||| Dinobastis | Ischyrosmilus ||
Homotherium is an extinct genus of machairodontine saber-toothed cats, often termed scimitar-toothed cats, that inhabited North America, South America, Eurasia, and Africa during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs (4 mya - 12,000 years ago), existing for approximately 4 million years.
It first became extinct in Africa some 1.5 million years ago. In Eurasia it survived until about 30,000 years ago. In South America it is only known from a few remains in the northern region (Venezuela), from the mid-Pleistocene. The most recent European remains of Homotherium date to 28,000 years BP.