American Lion Skull Cast Replicas Models

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American Lion Skull Cast Replicas Models measures 18.5×11.5×12.5 inches. The American Lion Skull Cast Replicas Models is Museum quality Polyurethane made in the USA. Cast of the original. Licensed from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Foundation, Page Museum specimen.  Pleistocene La Brea. LACM license.  Tar Pit Finish. Panthera leo atrox.

The American lion (Panthera atrox) is an extinct pantherine cat that lived in North America during the Pleistocene epoch about 340,000 to 11,000 years ago.Its fossils have been excavated from Alaska to Mexico.

The 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. 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, and are believed to have been the largest species of lion.

Preserved skin remains found with skeletal material thought 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, American lions lived under cold climatic conditions.

The American lion went extinct along with most of the Pleistocene megafauna during the Quaternary extinction event. The most recent fossil, from Edmonton, dates to 11,355 ± 55 years ago.

Additional information

Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 18.5 × 11.5 × 12.5 in
American Lion Skull

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

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