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As of very recently it has been found that there was a third type of sabre-toothed cat. The specimen was found a few years ago in Florida by a couple of amateur fossil hunters. It was not until Larry Martin, paleontologist at the University of Kansas, looked at the specimen and eventually categorized it as being different from Smilodon and Homotherium. At first he believed that the skull of the cat did not belong to the rest of the skeleton, but upon studying the specimen more carefully he realized it was a new type of sabre-toothed cat. These findings are so recent that the cat has not been officially given a name. The name being considered is Xenosmilus (Discover 1999).

Figure.3  Drawing of Xenosmilus.