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American Lion (Panthera atrox)

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In the wild, expect the unexpected, as we humans haven't really much clue of what to expect.
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( This post was last modified: 01-25-2018, 01:14 PM by brotherbear )

Your thoughts please: Panthera atrox: Was he a lone hunter like a modern-day tiger or a group hunter like a modern-day lion?
Any evidence?
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@brotherbear :

About #17: no absolute certainties. 

Some are pleading for the solitary life (1), others for the social life (2):

(1): http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/spec...atrox.html

(2): https://blueline2011.wordpress.com/2011/...ican-lion/

I would be inclined in favor of an intermediate hypothesis, although being able to be solitary hunters, the American lions would have hunted in small groups (from 1 to 3 males, idem for the females...). But it's difficult to imagine them hunting in large groups like the extant African lions. That's only my opinion...
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I agree with the "small group" theory; my thoughts as well. Perhaps one male with maybe two or three females. Male coalition I think less likely.
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(01-25-2018, 05:10 PM)brotherbear Wrote: I agree with the "small group" theory; my thoughts as well. Perhaps one male with maybe two or three females. Male coalition I think less likely.

Maybe we can imagine 2 brothers, or two males, living and hunting together, a little bit like the Asiatic lions. From time to time they interfered with a group of females... In this case, the preys being able to be much bigger than in the extant forest of Gir (for exemple antiquus American buffalo), they could hunt in bigger groups (from 4 to 6-7 big cats).
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Panthers atrox skull found in the permafrost of an Alaskan gold mine.
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