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My own interpretation of a newly, bit controversial theory regarding the canines of the famous saber toothed cat. Can't say I'm much of an expert on the subject, but the need for protection and overall fragility of the teeth make me feel that some form of sheathing, wether it be from the upper or lower lips, was liklier than fully exposed canines. Regardless, I quite like the bulldogesque design, and perhaps a slightly more traditionally "realistic" approach might make it seem more palatable to the general audience.

Here is the blog post:
antediluviansalad.blogspot.mx/

Painting is a bit blotchy as I didn't really intend for this to be a finished piece, so apologies if it looks a bit rushed in places.

hope you guys like it, Be sure to watch me and check out my tumblr and facebook as well, for more of my work!

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:iconphiloceratops:
Philoceratops Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Give him some lasagna...

Very nice!
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:icondinogeek2207:
Dinogeek2207 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018
Grumpy cat’s grandfather
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:icondinomaster15:
dinomaster15 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I mean, I agree completely, but it looks really freakin weird
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:iconsilverdragon234:
SilverDragon234 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
Might I ask why the big lips? Most people tend to give it the standard lip size as with all cats.
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:iconbloodstalker500:
BloodStalker500 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
Apparently, scientists now believe that because the famous giant "sabers" were actually quite fragile, Smilodon had some form of sheathing to protect its large and fragile teeth, which were likely in the form of big lips. Whether it was the upper or lower lips is unknown, but it's likelier that it was the upper lips that sheathed its giant "saber teeth".
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SilverDragon234 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
Not the case in the games and movies the Smilo appears in. No offense, please, most people often give it the regular lips to make it as menacing as ten tigers.
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:iconkinhj:
kinhj Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's pretty interesting. I prefer Smilodon having lips because it looks more realistic.
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:iconthesax66:
TheSax66 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree though I'm consistantly feeling more inclined to lower lip pockets.
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:iconconnor-exe:
Connor-EXE Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017
Don't you mean....poutidon?
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:icondinomaster15:
dinomaster15 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You get a time out for that
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:iconthewatcherofworlds:
TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017
This is pretty funny looking
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:iconkarnator:
Karnator Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017
Grumpy smilodon.
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:iconlouisetheanimator:
Louisetheanimator Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Student Filmographer
I think it would look better with the sabers to be honest but it's still a good piece of artwork.
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:icontheprimevalartist:
ThePrimevalArtist Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks depressed.  Raven Frown (Emoticons) 
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:iconthesax66:
TheSax66 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This made me laugh, hard.
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:icontheprimevalartist:
ThePrimevalArtist Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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:icontheprimevalartist:
ThePrimevalArtist Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome Mr Clean is done cleaning ur ass glad to hear that
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:icongozer-the-destroyor:
Gozer-The-Destroyor Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
"Give me back my floppy face!"
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:iconwolfdino27fnaf:
wolfdino27FNAF Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Student General Artist
big bulldog cat xD
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:iconthesax66:
TheSax66 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CatDog CatDog
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:iconwolfdino27fnaf:
wolfdino27FNAF Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Student General Artist
lol
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Wesdaaman Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Student General Artist
It should be noted that other animals like Hippopotamus are able to achieve a wide gap without tearing tissue by the moderate folding of the orbicularis oris muscle, and such a muscle configuration exists in other large felids. It is stated that phylogenetic bracketing is the most reliable way of restoring the life-appearance of many animals, and the Smilodon restorations by people like Charles R. Knight are therefore still accurate.
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:iconwwcb:
WWCB Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017
One way to back up the theory of barred teeth is evidence in an African cryptid known as the Ennedi tiger
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:iconthesax66:
TheSax66 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not super sure of the point you are trying to make, this lip configuration doesn't exactly exclude the existance of these muscles, moreso the fact that the hippos hide their teeth as well. Even by your own argument, Charles R. Knight's isn't really any more accurate than "my" representation of the animal. For one thing, we have an existing felid that has saber teeth and pouches within which to hide them, the clouded leopard.

So if anything both mine and the traditional representation of the Smilodon are at a disadvantage against representations hiding the teeth within the lower lips. So much so, in fact, that I would dare say that people like Mauricio Anton are willfully perpetuating an unsubstantiated meme when making literally every sabertooth show it's canines.

Even moreso, I wouldn't take the anthropological  evidence (or lack thereof) too lightly. Humans are known to capture and emphasize in artwork aspects of nature that create an impression on their collective psique, and saber teeth would have made a hell of an impression. The fact that we have found literally no representation of smilodon in paleolithic artwork I say is a fairly convincing argument to make, that early humans didn't really see too much of a difference between a Lion and a Smilodon.
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:iconwwcb:
WWCB Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017
One way to back up the theory of barred teeth is evidence in an African cryptid known as the Ennedi tiger
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:iconthesax66:
TheSax66 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it would first have to stop being a cryptid :P
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:iconwwcb:
WWCB Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Hey, just because its existence hasn't been confirmed, doesn't mean it isn't real.

The platypus, for example, was once thought to be a hoax. Obviously it isn't.
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TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
Because they got the bodies to prove it
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:iconwwcb:
WWCB Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
They actually thought at first that the body was hoaxed.
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:iconthewatcherofworlds:
Yes but then after investigating they found living proof and live specimens of each of those animals, as much as I'd like to believe in new large species of ape like the sasquatch or whatever the Loch Ness monster is, there are little to no solid evidence of their existence for all this time.

Ape men like the Yeti/bigfoot are most likely a mix of native religion and misconception of bears early on in history. The fact Nessie's exact shape changes so much between eye witnesses is pretty damn fishy.

Most cryptids are of a similar case, and then there's the human factor of seeing what we want to see and making hoaxes to keep these mythos alive in people's minds.
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WWCB Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
Pandas and komodo dragons were also doubted to exist by Westerners.
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:iconhatzegopteryx03:
hatzegopteryx03 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bulldog cat!
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:iconthesax66:
TheSax66 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bullcatdog.
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:iconhatzegopteryx03:
hatzegopteryx03 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DugCaetBoewl (herp derp!)
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Ewarriorcat Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Student Artist
I love this digital painting but I don't like the idea that it has big flabby jowl things covering the teeth. I don't like bulldogs (got bitten by one as a young child on the arm) . :(

I still believe that the teeth showed. (I do believe In the new SPINOSAURUS however)
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:iconthesax66:
TheSax66 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well you can believe one or the other since the hypothesis has neither been proven nor disproven decisively. Though youch, a bulldog bite has to hurt, sorry to hear that, I heard they are generally nice dogs!
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
At least you didn't go overboard with the jowls.
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:iconthesax66:
TheSax66 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest I feel they are a bit to flappy for my liking, I plan to revamp the design later on.
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:iconmeglind:
Meglind Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Student Filmographer
No pls he's mouth's dewlap will be destroy the universe
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:iconthesax66:
TheSax66 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconmeglind:
Meglind Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student Filmographer
Like this ;(
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Diabeetus is NO laughing matter.
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Spinosaurus14 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018
Old comment but..... Nice
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx
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:iconospreyeagle:
Ospreyeagle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow. I haven't seen this yet! Amazing! o.O
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Giraffesocks Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whythelongface im sorry ill leave
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grisador Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Amazing work :D
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:iconpyroraptor42:
Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016
it looks like a bulldog a little! and a bit funny too! I wonder how much will this piss dino-awesomebros :)!
Good work! rebloged on tumblr!
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:iconwarnett:
warnett Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016
I like this new idea.  Even though it makes the cat look a lot funnier in the process.  But hey, reality is reality.  
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:iconperfectchaos22:
PerfectChaos22 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
It's Grumpy Cat's ancestor XD
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