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Freak Felids - A Discussion of History's Largest Felines

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Panthera gombaszoegensis - becoming a lion.

"Panthera gombaszoegensis.

The skull is based on the cranial remains from Vallparadís and Amblève valle but because of their fragmentary characters it is adjusted to fit the mandible- based on the Mosbach specimen.


The pattern of the head is inferred from the the patterns of the cubs of lions and Panthera pardus orientalis ."

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Panthera gombaszoegensis - becoming a lion.



Body pattern - reflects the process of increasing the size .- based on the pattern of lion cubs and Amur leopards. Increasing the size - from mid size (jaguar-sized) pantherine cat to a giant-lion size animal likely occurred in Africa - some time in the late Pliocene. Interestingly the same process somewhat "was attempted" in South America about 2 millions later but it did not get finalized



Pocock, R.I., 1910. - The significance of the pattern of the cubs of lion (Felis leo) and pumas (Felis concolor) Ann. Mag. Nat Hist. London. (7) 20 -1910 pp 436 – 445


Schneider, K-M., 1953. –Von der Fleckung junger Löwen. D.Zool.Gart. NF.Bd. 20. H. 2/3.

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Panthera gombaszoegensis - becoming a lion.



The mane - it is not clear when the ancestral lion began to grow mane . It is certainly connected with the size increasing, but the time line is unknown. It also likely happened in Africa.
Here the "ancestral" mane is inferred by the mane that some lionesses grow due to hormonal disbalance or old age. It is similar, but not identical to the manes that lion/tiger and lion/leopard hybrids develop.

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RE: Freak Felids - A Discussion of History's Largest Felines - Pckts - 06-24-2020, 10:15 PM
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