Gracile Saber-toothed Cat

  • Gracile Saber-toothed Cat Skull

This object is on permanent display in the Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land exhibit, located in the Pleistocene Epoch wall case.


Gracile Saber-toothed Cat Skull by Richard Hulbert

Most people don’t realize that there was more than one type of saber-toothed cat. In fact, in Florida we have about a half a dozen different species. In the Pleistocene, the genus Smilodon includes two species: the large tiger-size Smilodon fatalis and the skull in the case, the Leopard- or Jaguar-size Smilodon gracilis. The world’s largest sample of Smilodon gracilis comes from near Tampa at the famous Leisey shell pit.

Richard Hulbert
Collection Manager, Vertebrate Paleontology
Florida Museum of Natural History


Gracile Saber-toothed Cat Skull (Smilodon gracilis)
From Hillsborough Co., Florida
Lived ~1.25 million years ago

Exhibit Area

Always on Display

Gracile Saber-toothed CatRadha Krueger