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meaning: "Giant beast"
Named By: Georges Cuvier in 1824 (Some sources cite Croizet and Jobert in 1828)
Time Period: Early Pliocene to Middle Pleistocene
Location: Africa, Europe, Asia and North America
Size: Approximately 1.2 meters long, there is some variance between species
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Many specimens, although they are often fragmentary and incomplete
Classification: | Chordata | Mammalia | Carnivora | Felidae | Machairodontinae |

Megantereon was a genus of prehistoric machairodontine saber-toothed cat that lived in North America, Eurasia, and Africa. It may have been the ancestor of Smilodon.

Read more about Megantereon at Wikipedia
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