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Analysis of Measurements in Length of the Metapodials of Smilodon

Menard, Henry W., Jr. (1947) Analysis of Measurements in Length of the Metapodials of Smilodon. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, 46 . pp. 127-135. ISSN 0038-3872.

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The saber-tooth cats are perhaps the most interesting members of the Pleistocene fauna from Rancho La Brea. As a result of the study by Merriam and Stock these machrerodonts are known to be the most striking of the Felidre occurring at this locality, both in abundance, and in the unusual morphological characters which they possess. Opportunity has been presented recently to make a statistical analysis, limited in scope, of measurement data relating to metapodials of these animals. This investigation appeared desirable not only because of the extraordinarily large number of individuals available from the asphalt deposits, but also because a similar analysis has been made recently of the extinct dire wolf material from the same locality by Nigra and Lance.

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Additional Information:© 1947 Southern California Academy of Sciences. The large numbers of specimens in the Rancho La Brea collection were generously made available for study by the Los Angeles County Museum. The writer is indebted to Dr. Chester Stock for assistance and guidance, and likewise to John F. Lance for help in the progress of the computations.
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