Kids Feedback: Are Saber-Toothed Cats Real?

on February 16, 2012

Are saber-toothed cats real or not? Is this the idea of evolutionists or have they found a complete skeleton? I am doing a report for school. I am in third grade. Thanks!

– Amber

Thanks for sending in your question, Amber. We would love to help you with your school report. Saber-toothed cats did exist but are now extinct. Did you know that the California state fossil is the saber-toothed cat? Over two thousand fossilized skeletons of Smilodon fatalis (a type of saber-toothed cat) have been found at the La Brea Tar Pits in California.1 The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is one of the locations featured as a vacation destination on our main site (see

The Bible tells us that members of the cat “kind” were created on Day Six of the Creation Week, around 6,000 years ago (Genesis 1:24). Saber-toothed cats are members of the cat kind.2 Members of the cat kind were on the ark during Noah’s Flood (Genesis 7:1–6).

“Saber-toothed cats probably migrated to America via land bridges around the early part of the Ice Age (approx. 2,200 BC) and became extinct by the end of the Ice Age (approx. 1,600 BC).”
– Troy Lacey, Answers in Genesis

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  1. Page Museum, La Brea Tar Pits,
  2. Tom Hennigan, Georgia Purdom, and Todd Charles Wood, “Creation’s Hidden Potential,” Answers Magazine v4 n1,