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Thylacosmilus
Thylacosmilus
Creature information
Home time period Miocene - Pliocene epoch
Creature type Marsupial Mammal
Fatalities caused Jaime Bairstow
Numerous Special Forces soldiers
Peruvian villages of people
Production information
Appearances Shadow of the Jaguar
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Thylacosmilus was a type of marsupial, large and cat-like, that lived from the Miocene to the Pliocene epoch.

Characteristics

Thylacosmilus had long, sabre-like upper canines and short, blunt, peg-like lower jaw bone. They were described as being black and apparently resembled panthers. Thylacosmilus apparently also often hunted in packs, and seemed to be stalkers which would slowly close in from the cover of darkness upon prey.

Incursions and encounters

Shadow of the Jaguar

A pack of six Thylacosmilus under the control of a Future Bird came through an Anomaly to a jungle in Peru in the present. They proceeded to go on rampage, wiping out several villages. They were also responsible for killing Jaime Bairstow, a sloth, and several members of the Special Forces.

The Thylacosmilus were tracked and followed in the jungl by the Anomaly Research Centre team and the accompanying Special Forces soldiers. One Thylacosmilus was killed by the Special Forces, and another was brutally killed by the Future Bird. At an Incan temple, the team disrupted the Bird's control over the Thylacosmilus, and the pack were knocked out and subsequently returned through the Anomaly shortly before it closed.

ThylacosmilusSkull

A skull reconstruction of Thylacosmilus, showing the lower jaw bone. (albeit only half)

Real life

Thylacosmilus lived in South America from the Late Miocene to Late Pliocene epochs. It is thought to have had a weak bite but strong muscles in the neck and limb regions, suggesting it relied upon immobilisation and precise bites to kill its prey rather than powerful, crushing bites. Thylacosmilus is also counted as a "sabre-toothed cat," although it was not an actual cat and only resembled them due to convergent evolution. Thylacosmilus fossils have been found in multiple provinces in northern Argentina.

Trivia

  • The image of the Thylacosmilus on the cover of Shadow of the Jaguar is actually that of the Smilodon from Episode 2.3, although it is edited to make it look darker. Incidentally, Shadow of the Jaguar takes place between Episode 2.3 and The Lost Island.
  • Thylacosmilus was referred to as a type of cat in Shadow of the Jaguar, when in real life Thylacosmilus was a marsupial.

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