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meaning: "Knife tooth"
Named By: Johann Jakob Kaup in 1833
Time Period: Late Miocene to the Middle Pleistocene
Location: Across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America
Size: Up to 2 meters long, and 1.2 meters high at the shoulder. Full size depends upon species
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Many known specimens
Classification: | Chordata | Mammalia | Carnivora | Felidae | Machairodontinae | Machairodontini |

Machairodus is a genus of large machairodontine saber-toothed cats that lived in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America from the late Miocene to the Middle Pleistocene. It is the animal from which the family Machairodontidae gets its name and has since become a wastebasket taxon over the years as many genera of sabertooth cat have been and are still occasionally lumped into it.

Read more about Machairodus at Wikipedia
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