The sabre-toothed cat went extinct approximately
10,000 years ago. What could have killed off this seemingly adaptive
predator? Was it the overall glaciation period which occurred
simultaneously? Could it be that the sabre-tooth could not handle
the several climatic changes? Perhaps its food supply was wiped out,
leaving nothing to eat?
Another theory about the sabre-tooth extinction deals
with humans. Homosapiens were present during this time of
extinction. Is it possible that human hunting could have killed off
the cat? Were humans at that time advanced enough to kill an entire
Scientists also speculate that disease may have wiped
out the sabre-toothed cat.
Whatever the cause, it is unknown. It is possible
that it was a combination of all of these events (www.ucmp.bekeley.edu/quaternary/ple.html).