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I believe you made a grave error in the distance between you and me; there's too little of it.

Smilodon were not known for their incredible speed...

Over long distances.

As an ambush predator, Smilodon, such as Argent Fatalis, have incredible acceleration and pouncing ability; able to hurtle toward a target before it can even dare attempt to react, particularly those unaware of the predator's presence. At absolute best and across the shortest distance, the human body can attempt to send nerve impulses at around one-hundred-twenty meters per second.

What's the actual average reaction time for a human being from the moment of input to physical reaction?

Slower than Argent's pounce.

This lovely piece, all about a massive feline in motion, was produced by the talents of Maquenda; she has an incredibly fast turn around provided she gets active input from the commissioner, and the quality of her work? I believe it speaks for itself, but I'll say it too.

Beautiful.

Artwork Maquenda 2013
Characters Argent Fatalis 2013
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think a Smilodon's top speed was about 43 mph, more than enough to overtake and pounce on a human. My question is, how would it kill a human without breaking its teeth on our neck vertebrae?
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016
In the cases of smaller conflicts, as those with humans, I imagine a few swipes of the forelimbs would be sufficient, or the standardized throat-bite from the front of the exposed jugular rather than from behind. Even modern felids have exceptional ability to sense proximity between their whiskers, nerves of the teeth themselves, and instinct. However, given humans were unlikely a prey item at all, it would mostly be a mauling one would receive.
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. I wondered about that because Smilodon is the largest sabertooth and human necks are pretty thin compared to say, a camel's or a horse's. There is also one recorded case of conflict in Georgia between a Megantereon and a Homo erectus. That cat bit into the skull of the hominid and pierced the brain.
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
The necks are thin and small, with the sabers themselves being too large in Smilodon's case, as well as that humans were not very prominent for a time. I do not imagine any would-be conflicts with Machairodonts and early humanoids went very well for the latter at all.

As for Megantereon, with its shorter and more stout canines, strikes me as the sort of felid that had a bit more versatility on its side and luck to pull that off, as I have heard a similar tale as well. I would not be surprised if it performed that technique out of similar cunning as the modern jaguar does.
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Saberrex Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ironically enough, Smilodon bones have been found with fatal bite wounds from the saber-teeth of other Smilodon. It's possible that Smilodon bit into bone on some occasions. Other saber-toothed predators like Nimravus and Hoplophoneus have been found with such wounds too. 
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
I have no doubt it happened, as large cats are not unfamiliar to conflict, but I am certain they would be keen to avoid it given their heavy reliance upon those teeth being in optimal condition.
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Saberrex Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
probably. But then again, who truly knows?
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Spencercus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
although this is good I think I prefer the pencil "unfinished" version as it give a better representation of movement and speed with its slight blurring.  Were as this version looks very still even it it does show the power of the creature, Argent Fatalis.
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
This sort of assessment is the explicit reason I provide many of the early sketches; the viewers get to see more of what the intent was.

That said, I agree that the sketches of this sort better reflect Argent Fatalis' true capacity for movement, but (as one can imagine) lack finer details.
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Spencercus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
You're Welcome
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dav2879 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Wow!
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Thank you! Maquenda's work has a very distinct feeling to it.
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Supersplashpuppy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MY HOLY FRUKAN GOSH!!
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I take it you like it? I certainly do.
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Supersplashpuppy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes i love it.
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caligis Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!  I disagree that there is no movement, you can see the right hind paw digging for traction and the position of the front paws is very dynamic.  Awesome work on the color and detail :D
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Thank you, Caligis - Maquenda really did put a lot of energy and motion into this commission, and I'm glad to see people are still recognizing this piece for its quality.
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RegulaDestroya Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Maquenda is an amazing artist
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
She truly is, I love her work, enough so that in the near future I am commissioning her again.
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ljsraksha Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
wow, this is amazing!
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
I agree, there's a lot of personal effort invested in this commission by Maquenda, and I'm sure she's happy to see so many people praising it.
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FallDeere Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Such a powerful feline...
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Argent Fatalis is a massive animal in all senses of the word, and power comes with it.
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AstaraBriarart Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love this! ^.^
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
As do I.
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AstaraBriarart Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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ArcticIceBreaker Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Dunno why but for me feels like this picture is completly out of motion. Like he would fell down now, like he tripped : D But i love the details : )
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ArgentFatalis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
This is a snapshot of lift-off, and lacks the blur effect found on the alternate version, which makes it clear he's moving, and fast.

I'm glad you like the submission though, as it really does have fine details.
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