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Metailurus is a genus of false saber-toothed cat of the family Felidae, belonging to the tribe Metailurini, which occurred in Asia and Africa during 

Metailurus

the Miocene and Pliocene. It feeds on smaller prey (Pigs and antelopes) unlike real "Sabre tooth" as the comtemporary Amphimachairodus and, later, smilodon who hunt usually larger prey.

Metailurus is known as a "false sabertooth" cat because, instead of true saberteeth, it has a cross between long, flat and blade-like saberteeth and the shorter cone-shaped teeth of modern-day felines. The canines are longer than even the clouded leopard but significantly shorter than true saber teeth and more conical than bladed.

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