Even if you haven’t watched at least one movie from the Ice Age Tetralogy franchise, you’re probably still familiar with the main characters – one of which is the notorious sabre-tooth squirrel Scrat and its never ending adventures with the nut. Up until recently it was believed that Scrat and all sabre-tooth squirrels were fictional, but it turns out there were indeed such rodents back in the days.
National Geographic broke out the news of a new finding from 2002 that was made public only in 2011. A team of scientists found a skull fossil of what might have just been Scrat’s pre-historic cousin in real life. The fossilized skull was found in Argentina back in 2002, but it had to undergo a long series of procedures in order to be carefully removed from the rock it was stuck in and in order to be examined afterwards. It took the scientists and technicians several years just to clarify the details of the narrowed snout, long fangs that reached 8-9 inches and the shape of the mammal’s fossil they had found.
The sabre-tooth squirrel was named Cronopio dentiacutus.