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Evolution of the Lion

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Jordan Holman

on 19 April 2013

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Evolution of the Lion Classification of the Lion Scientific name (Panthera Leo) Evolution of the Lion Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: leo The lion has many common ancestors such as the jaguar, tiger, and leopard which are all part of the cat family. But the animal that shares the most genetic information with the lion is the tiger. The lion diverged from the tiger about 4 million years ago. Both the lion and the tiger have many characteristics that make them unique and help them survive and thrive. Some characteristics of the lion and the tiger are different and some are the same. Environment and Adaptations of Lions Lions live in grassy plains or dry forests. Most modern day lions live in sub-Saharan Africa. Some of the adaptations that allow lions to survive and thrive are their excellent camouflage that allows them to avoid other animals, fur that keeps them warm, squinted eyes that help them look around on sunny days, their keen sense of hearing that helps search for prey, and sharp teeth and claws. Cool Evolutionary Facts About Lions Modern cats appeared 10.8 million years ago!
Before 10,000 years ago lions only lived in Africa!
Lions appeared more recently than any other Genus Panthera animal! Characteristics of lions and tigers Same
Both the tiger and the lion are on the top of the food chain. They tend to inhabit around the same area and they have similar facial features. Both are part of the cat family. Common Ancestor of Lions Characteristics of lions and tigers Differences
Lions have manes whereas tigers have black stripes. Tigers are surprisingly more aggressive, heavier, and muscular. Lions are much lazier. Lions are more sociable whereas tigers hunt alone. When the genes are mixed, the tiger's genes are more prominent. Bibliography "ALERT| African Lion & Environmental Research Trust - Welcome." ALERT| African Lion & Environmental Research Trust - Welcome. N.p.,n.d. Web.18 Apr. 2013

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