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    Lions hunting rhinoceros, Upper Paleolithic cave painting, Chauvet Cave, France
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    The Eurasian or European Cave Lion: Panthera leo spelaea

    The spelaea lion is considered to have been one of the largest lions. The skeleton of an adult male found in 1985 near Siegsdorf in Germany had a shoulder height of around 1.2 m (3.9 ft) and a head-body length of 2.1 m (6.9 ft) without the tail. This is similar to the size of a very large modern lion. The size of this male has been exceeded by other specimens of this subspecies. Therefore, this cat may have been over 10% bigger than modern lions and smaller than the earlier fossilis cave lion or the American lion. Females are smaller than males.

    A 2016 study identified the hair on the basis of DNA as being cave lion hair, and comparison to the hair of an African lion revealed that cave lion hair was similar in color to that of modern lions, though slightly lighter. In addition to slightly different coloration, cave lions had a very thick and dense undercoat comprising closed and compressed yellowish-to-white wavy downy hair with a smaller mass of darker coloured guard hairs, as an adaptation to the ice age climate.

    The cave lion is known from Paleolithic cave paintings, ivory carvings, and clay figurines. These representations indicate cave lions had rounded, protruding ears, tufted tails, possibly faint tiger-like stripes, and at least some had a "ruff" or primitive mane around their necks, possibly indicating males. Other archaeological artifacts indicate they were featured in Paleolithic religious rituals. In France's Chauvet cave, there is a drawing, which was estimated to be 30,000 years old, and depicts two cave lions walking together, with one in the foreground, and the other in the background. The lion in the foreground is smaller than the lion in the background, which has a scrotum, but no mane.

    Panthera leo spelaea - Wikipedia




    Cave lions, Chamber of Felines, Lascaux caves
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    Cloning With Frozen Specimen

    "Frozen Remains of Extinct Lion Found in Russia"
    By Sarah Gibbens
    November 9, 2017
    National Geographic Article with Video: "Cloning Hope for 50,000 Year Old Cave Lion"
    Viewer Discretion Advised: Actual remains of ancient frozen cave lion cub.
    Frozen Remains of Extinct Lion Found in Russia



    See also:

    • Panthera leo fossilis or P. spelaea fossilis or P. fossilis, the Early Middle Pleistocene European cave lion
    • Panthera leo atrox or P. atrox, the American lion or American cave lion

    Cave lion - Wikipedia

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