Saber-toothed cats and dinosaurs

A replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, at the museum.

It’s been such a long time since the latest update more than two years. Much has happened – field work and other things. But for this summer, I have spent a lot of time among dinosaurs, saber-toothed cats and other beasts at the Evolutionary Museum in Uppsala, working as a museum host.

It has been some very insightful months. I often feel that I would like to learn more about geology, and this has provided at least some opportunity for that. What often also strikes me is the diversity of life that has existed over the ages, and how complex the interactions have been between animals, plants and ecosystems, and just how fantastic evolution in itself is. Just imagine how all life on earth has evolved from the same source over the course of 3.7 billion years – into all these living things we have today.

This skull of a Smilodon populator is very interesting. This species of cat was the largest of the group popularly called “saber-toothed tigers”. They died out as late as 11,000 years ago.

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