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I believe you made a grave error in the distance between you and me; there's too little of it.

Smilodon were not known for their incredible speed...

Over long distances.

As an ambush predator, Smilodon, such as Argent Fatalis, have incredible acceleration and pouncing ability; able to hurtle toward a target before it can even dare attempt to react, particularly those unaware of the predator's presence. At absolute best and across the shortest distance, the human body can attempt to send nerve impulses at around one-hundred-twenty meters per second.

What's the actual average reaction time for a human being from the moment of input to physical reaction?

Slower than Argent's pounce.

This lovely piece, all about a massive feline in motion, was produced by the talents of Maquenda; she has an incredibly fast turn around provided she gets active input from the commissioner, and the quality of her work? I believe it speaks for itself, but I'll say it too.

Beautiful.

Artwork © Maquenda 2013
Characters © Argent Fatalis 2013
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Saberrex's avatar
Saberrex|Hobbyist General Artist
I think a Smilodon's top speed was about 43 mph, more than enough to overtake and pounce on a human. My question is, how would it kill a human without breaking its teeth on our neck vertebrae?
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In the cases of smaller conflicts, as those with humans, I imagine a few swipes of the forelimbs would be sufficient, or the standardized throat-bite from the front of the exposed jugular rather than from behind. Even modern felids have exceptional ability to sense proximity between their whiskers, nerves of the teeth themselves, and instinct. However, given humans were unlikely a prey item at all, it would mostly be a mauling one would receive.
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Saberrex|Hobbyist General Artist
I see. I wondered about that because Smilodon is the largest sabertooth and human necks are pretty thin compared to say, a camel's or a horse's. There is also one recorded case of conflict in Georgia between a Megantereon and a Homo erectus. That cat bit into the skull of the hominid and pierced the brain.
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The necks are thin and small, with the sabers themselves being too large in Smilodon's case, as well as that humans were not very prominent for a time. I do not imagine any would-be conflicts with Machairodonts and early humanoids went very well for the latter at all.

As for Megantereon, with its shorter and more stout canines, strikes me as the sort of felid that had a bit more versatility on its side and luck to pull that off, as I have heard a similar tale as well. I would not be surprised if it performed that technique out of similar cunning as the modern jaguar does.
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although this is good I think I prefer the pencil "unfinished" version as it give a better representation of movement and speed with its slight blurring.  Were as this version looks very still even it it does show the power of the creature, Argent Fatalis.
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This sort of assessment is the explicit reason I provide many of the early sketches; the viewers get to see more of what the intent was.

That said, I agree that the sketches of this sort better reflect Argent Fatalis' true capacity for movement, but (as one can imagine) lack finer details.
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You're Welcome
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ArgentFatalis's avatar
Thank you! Maquenda's work has a very distinct feeling to it.
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Supersplashpuppy|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MY HOLY FRUKAN GOSH!!
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ArgentFatalis's avatar
I take it you like it? I certainly do.
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Supersplashpuppy|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes i love it.
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caligis|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!  I disagree that there is no movement, you can see the right hind paw digging for traction and the position of the front paws is very dynamic.  Awesome work on the color and detail :D
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Thank you, Caligis - Maquenda really did put a lot of energy and motion into this commission, and I'm glad to see people are still recognizing this piece for its quality.
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RegulaDestroya's avatar
Maquenda is an amazing artist
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ArgentFatalis's avatar
She truly is, I love her work, enough so that in the near future I am commissioning her again.
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ljsraksha|Hobbyist Artist
wow, this is amazing!
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I agree, there's a lot of personal effort invested in this commission by Maquenda, and I'm sure she's happy to see so many people praising it.
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FallDeere|Hobbyist Writer
Such a powerful feline...
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ArgentFatalis's avatar
Argent Fatalis is a massive animal in all senses of the word, and power comes with it.
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AstaraBriarart|Hobbyist General Artist
love this! ^.^
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AstaraBriarart|Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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ArcticIceBreaker|Hobbyist Filmographer
Dunno why but for me feels like this picture is completly out of motion. Like he would fell down now, like he tripped : D But i love the details : )
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