American Lion Brain Replica

American Lion Brain Replica

$64.00

SKU: B0004

Description

American Lion Brain Replica measures 5.6 inches. American Lion Brain Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in the USA. Panthera leo atrox is the scientific name. Enormous cat of the Nearctic.

American lion is estimated to have measured 5 ft 3 in to 8 ft 2 in. from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail and stood 3.9 ft. at the shoulder. In 2008, the American lion was estimated to weigh up to 930 lbs.

About 80 American lion individuals have been recovered from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, so their morphology is well known. Their features strongly resemble those of modern lions, but they were considerably larger, similar to P. spelaea and the Pleistocene Natodomeri lion of eastern Africa.

Preserved skin remains found with skeletal material thought by its describers to be from the American lion in caves in the Argentine Patagonia indicate that the animal was reddish in color. Cave paintings from El Ceibo in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentina seem to confirm this, and reduce the possibility of confusion with fossil jaguars, as similar cave paintings accurately depict the jaguar as yellow in color.

The American lion inhabited savannas and grasslands like the modern lion. In some areas of their range, these lions lived under cold climatic conditions. They probably used caves for shelter from the cold weather in those areas, and might have lined their dens with grass or leaves, as the modern Siberian tiger does.

The remains are not as abundant as those of other predators like Smilodon fatalis or dire wolves (Canis dirus) at the La Brea Tar Pits, which suggests that they were better at evading entrapment, possibly due to greater intelligence.

The American lion went extinct along with most of the Pleistocene megafauna during the Quaternary extinction event in the world.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 5.6 × 3.5 × 2.8 in
American Lion Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Pantherinae
Genus: Panthera
Species: †P. atrox
Binomial name: †Panthera atrox

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