Due to the weather, the Museum is closed on Tuesday, January 27. All Tuesday programs and some Wednesday programs have been cancelled. Please check here for a full list, and check back for regular updates.
The Museum will be open on Wednesday, January 28, during regular hours, from 10 am to 5:45 pm.
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Numerous remains of the Smilodon, or saber-toothed cat, have been found at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Scientists are unsure why this site attracted so many saber-toothed cats, but some suggest these cats may have been scavengers rather than hunters.
Smilodon had enormous canines, or "sabers," which protruded inches below its chin line when its jaws were closed. In order to stab its prey, the saber-toothed cat had to open its lower jaw to a 95-degree gape so as to clear the points of the sabers.