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Extinct Organism: The Cave Lion

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Kristen Couturier

on 2 March 2012

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The Cave Lion Scientific name: Panthera leo spelaea Characteristics The Cave Lion was larger than any lions that exist today, standing at about 1.5 meters tall and 2.1 meters long. (not including tail length) Ancient European cave paintings showed that the species had a faintly striped coat and a tail similar to a lion. Many believe that this extinct species was a mix between a lion and a tiger. When, Where, and How did it live? The Cave Lions lived 370,000- 10,000 years ago and their natural habitat was all across .. Europe Asia and North America Although this animals name is the Cave Lion, it most likely preferred grasslands and forests as a habitat. It got it's name because many of it's remains were found in caves. Scientists believe the lions went into caves to hunt bears in their dens while they were hibernating, and died in the process.

Ancient cave paintings suggested that this extinct animal hunted in groups, similar to the hunting strategies of todays lions. They hunted bison, deer, horses, mammoths, and other herbivores. A cave lion could usually not run as fast as it’s prey, but it could pounce or run along side it and bring the prey down with it’s paws. Why did they go extinct? The Cave Lion's extinction may have been related to the Quaternary extinction, which wiped out most of the large animals in that region during the last glacial period.
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