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American Lion Information

The american lion also known as the North american cave lion is an extinct subspecies of lion. Genetic analysis has revealed that it was the sister lineage to the Eurasian cave lion. The extinct Lion was one of the largest cats the earth has ever seen.

Distribution and habitat

The american lion inhabited savannas and grasslands like the modern lion. They probably used caves for shelter from the cold weather in those areas. The lion was formerly believed to have colonized northwestern South America as part of the great yank Interchange. On the other hand, fossils of a large felid from late pleistocene localities in southern Chile and Argentina traditionally identified as an extinct subspecies of jaguar, panthera onca mesembrina, have been reported to be remains of the lion. This extinct lion was found in throughout North America as well as northern South America.

American Lion characteristics

The american lion is estimated to have measured 1.6 to 2.5 m from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail and stood 1.2 m at the shoulder. The lion was estimated to weigh up to 420 kg.

Scientific Name: Panthera leo atrox
Lifespan: 10 – 14 years
Origin: North America
Common Names: n/a
Size: 1.6 – 2.5 m

Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Suborder: Feliformia
  • Family: Felidae
  • Subfamily: Pantherinae
  • Genus: Panthera
  • Species: P. leo
  • Subspecies: P. l. atrox

American Lion Facts

  • American lion is one of the largest cats that ever lived on the planet.
  • Lion was a carnivore. Its diet was based on the horses, deer, camels, sloths, mammoths and bison.
  • The lion was very fast animal. it was able to reach the speed of 30 miles per hour.
  • The Lion had used cave, canyons and overhanging cliffs as shelter.
  • This ancient predator is sometimes called the North american Lion or the american Cave Lion.

American Lion Behavior / Lifecycle

American Lion Feeding / Hunting

The American lions likely preyed on deer, horses, camels, tapirs, american bison, mammoths, and different large ungulates. Evidence for predation of bison by american lions is particularly strong as a mummified carcass nicknamed “Blue Babe” was discovered in alaska with clear bite and claw marks from lions.

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Also Read: Barbary Lion

Reference: wikipedia.org

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