Further reading - Megantereon hesperus from the late Hemphillian of Florida with remarks on the phylogenetic relationships of machairodonts (Mammalia, Felidae, Machairodontinae).
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The sound quality at the Hall is phenomenal, read Sheila Midgley's article for details. Rental rates are kept low by fund raising efforts of the Galiano Club. Hall rental includes use of the hall, the tables and chairs the standard overhead (not stage) lights, 2 microphones and the speakers.Examining the post cranial skeleton of Megantereon has revealed that the living animal was fairly robust, especially around the fore quarters. This means that Megantereon was not built for speed and almost certainly did not spend its time sprinting after prey across open ground such as other big cats like Miracinonyx (often called the ‘American cheetah’). Instead Megantereon’s hunting behaviour was most probably that of an ambush hunter that waited for prey to get close before pouncing. Megantereon’s size makes it possible to have climbed into trees, something that may have been quite easy for it to do considering the well-developed forelimbs. If Megantereon took up position above a path used by travelling herbivores (say to and from a water source) it would only be a matter of time before potential prey passed along the path. Megantereon could then drop down from the tree to surprise its prey from above. Prez-Claros , Bienvenido Martnez-Navarro & Alan Turner - 2007. - The African species Megantereon whitei from the Early Pleistocene of Monte Argentario (South Tuscany, Central Italy) [L’espce africaine Megantereon whitei du Plistocne infrieur du Mont Argentario (Sud de la Toscane, Italie centrale)] - Comptes Rendus Palevol vol7 issue 8, p601-606.The enlarged canines of Megantereon like other similar big cats are actually comparatively weak compared to the smaller teeth. This is because their larger size means that they act like bigger levers which can magnify sideward forces against the tooth which leads to an easier tooth break. This is something that a specially adapted predator like Megantereon could not afford to happen as without the specialisation it would lose its edge to stay alive. This is why old ideas of Megantereon biting into prey and holding on with its mouth as it was thrown around while the prey struggled are no longer considered likely, the teeth were simply not capable of withstanding those kind of stresses. - Osteology and ecology of Megantereon cultridens SE311 (Mammalia; Felidae; Machairodontinae), a sabrecat from the Late Pliocene – Early Pleistocene of Senze, France - Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society vol 151, issue 4, p833-884. - Raffaele Sardella, Mauro Petrucci & Lorenzo Rook - 2008.If you want to book the hall within the next three days, please call Alison Colwell at (250) 539-2363 or Jane Wolverton at (250) 539-2427.Messages can be left at the Hall at (250) 539-2175 and someone will return your call, but the line is not monitored daily.