Long in the tooth: evolution of sabertooth cat cranial shape

@inproceedings{Slater2008LongIT,
  title={Long in the tooth: evolution of sabertooth cat cranial shape},
  author={Graham J. Slater and Blaire Van Valkenburgh},
  booktitle={Paleobiology},
  year={2008}
}
Abstract Sabertooths exhibit one of the most extreme feeding adaptations seen in mammals. The functional consequences of accommodating extremely elongate upper canine teeth are severe, resulting in a well-documented suite of cranial modifications. We used geometric morphometric methods to study the evolution of overall shape in the skulls of extant and extinct feline and machairodontine felids, as well as extinct nimravids. Trends in skull evolution were evaluated by using relative warps… 

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