American Lion Skull Replica


American Lion, also called the North American lion, or American cave lion, is an extinct pantherine cat. Panthera atrox lived in North America during the Pleistocene epoch, from around 340,000 to 12,800 years ago.


American Lion Skull Replica measures 18.3×11.5×12.5 inches. American Lion Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in the USA. Cast of the original Licensed from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Foundation, Page Museum specimen. Skull is Tar Pit Finish. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum lion skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The American lion or 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.

Panthera atrox 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. It was estimated to weigh up to 930 lb.

About 80 American lion or Panthera atrox 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 Panthera atrox 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.

Panthera atrox inhabited savannas and grasslands like the modern lion. In some areas of their range, they lived under cold climatic conditions.

The American lion or Panthera atrox went extinct along with most of the Pleistocene megafauna during the Quaternary extinction event.

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Additional information

Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 18.3 × 11.5 × 12.5 in
American Lion Facts

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