When people think of saber-toothed animals, the saber-toothed cat Smilodon (top left) is usually what comes to mind. But did you know that God created a myriad of other saber-toothed animals? While most have gone extinct, some saber-toothed animals still exist today! Some, like the predatory gorgonopsids (mid-right) lived during the Antediluvian epoch, ~6,000 to 4,350 years ago. Another Antediluvian saber-toothed animal was Cronopio (lower left), a small squirrel-like mammal. Even though it looks like the inspiration for Scrat from the Ice Age films, this animal was actually discovered AFTER the first Ice Age film was made! There were saber-toothed animals (aside from the saber-toothed cats) living after the Genesis Flood too. Even though it looked like a saber-toothed cat, Thylacosmilus (lower right) was no feline; rather, this animal was a marsupial, meaning it carried its young around in a pouch like a kangaroo! Modern day musk deer (e.g. the Chinese water deer, upper left) is one of the few extant animals with saber-teeth. Despite its appearance, this deer's tusk like teeth aren't used for predation; rather, they are only possessed by males of the species and are used for fighting other deer for mates and territory.
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