|Name Translation||Dagger Like|
|Period||Eocene epoch of the Cenozoic Era|
|Length||1.5-2 metres (5-6.5 feet) long|
Either species bore a passing, or superficial resemblance to a very small, dog-sized saber-toothed cat. Machaeroides could be distinguished from actual saber-toothed cats by their more-elongated skulls, and their plantigrade stance. Machaeroides species are distinguished from the closely related Apataelurus by the fact that the former genus had smaller saber-teeth. M. eothen weighed an estimated 10–14 kg, thus matching in size a smallish Staffordshire Terrier. M. simpsoni was smaller.(Egi 2001)
Although it is undeniably a creodont, its placement within the order is in dispute. Experts seem equally divided over whether Machaeroides and its sister-genus, Apataelurus, belong in Oxyaenidae or Hyaenodontidae.