Panthera Leo Atrox

May she rest peacefully

Our dearest Panthera leo atrox

We will never forget the great and powerful Panthera leo atrox. Who was also known as “The American Lion”. It is said that she died from climate change. Most of her species died out that way too. Since the changing weather killed off many animals, there was a reduction in prey. Without prey some of the American Lions starved out and some were hunted down by larger, more stronger prey, like the Saber-toothed Tigers. She lived in the plains of North America. Other American Lions also lived in California, Texas, Idaho, Nevada, Nebraska, Mississippi, and Northern Florida. They have many relatives. The cheetah, lynx, bobcat, caracal, puma, fishing cat, ocelot, margay, jaguarundi, serval, and domestic cat are just some of them.

~With the courage of a bear~

The American Lion wasn’t built for running long periods of time, so she couldn’t rely on only speed to catch its prey. Though she wasn't the fastest she was still faster than modern lions today. She were heavily built, strong, and had flexible, powerful front limbs. The Bending strength of her forelimbs was much greater than modern lion's and similar to a brown bear's. Strong incisor teeth in front of jaw could strip flesh from bone. These traits helped her to subdue their prey before inflicting a powerful canine killing bite. The American Lion probably hunted horses and deer, camels, ground sloths, young mammoths, and bison.

~the strength of a lion~

The males could weigh up to 518 ibs. While the females could weigh up to 386 ibs. The American Lion was more smarter than most mammals back then. Males lacked a proper mane but that didn’t stop them from feeling superior. In some regions the American Lions were solitary hunters but in other regions they hunted in small groups, because they were very social creatures. Their diet consisted of meat and only meat. The Panthera leo atrox looked very much like a lion mixed with a jaguar mixed with a tiger. She was a beautiful yet fierce creature.

~And the wits of a tiger~

Never to be forgetten

Fatima Z.

T1

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