6W. Panthera (Leo) spelaea, the cave lion, is the one in the middle; males did not have manes. (If you want to make your head hurt, dive into the discussion boards about relative sizes of various felines, past and present.) -- In "Clan...." we meet the cave lion early on and his presence is felt throughout, as he comes to symbolize Ayla in the way the cave bear does for the clan.

6W. Panthera (Leo) spelaea, the cave lion, is the one in the middle; males did not have manes. (If you want to make your head hurt, dive into the discussion boards about relative sizes of various felines, past and present.) -- In "Clan...." we meet the cave lion early on and his presence is felt throughout, as he comes to symbolize Ayla in the way the cave bear does for the clan.

Cave lions (Panthera leo spelaea) were fierce predators (Credit: Hemis/Alamy)

The lost beasts that roamed Britain during the ice age

Cave lions (Panthera leo spelaea) were fierce predators (Credit: Hemis/Alamy)

Cave Lion (Panthera leo spelaea)Edit Creator: Ultamateterex2 UXP: None Status: Available Release...

Cave Lion (Ultamateterex2)

Cave Lion (Panthera leo spelaea)Edit Creator: Ultamateterex2 UXP: None Status: Available Release...

Wien / Wiesbaden – Die in der Würm-Eiszeit (etwa 115.000 bis 11.700 Jahre) lebenden Europäischen Höhlenlöwen (Panthera leo spelaea) haben sich bis in rund 2800 Höhe ins Gebirge vorgewagt. Das beleg...

Wien / Wiesbaden – Die in der Würm-Eiszeit (etwa 115.000 bis 11.700 Jahre) lebenden Europäischen Höhlenlöwen (Panthera leo spelaea) haben sich bis in rund 2800 Höhe ins Gebirge vorgewagt. Das beleg...

Panthera spelaea by Rom-u.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt

Panthera spelaea by Rom-u.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt

American Lion skeleton from the La Brea tar pits at the George C. Page Museum…

American Lion skeleton from the La Brea tar pits at the George C. Page Museum…

Fossil European/Eurasian Cave Lion (Panthera leo spelaea or possibly as its own species, Panthera spelaea) - Genetic evidence appears to show this lion is more closely related to the modern lion and that the European/Eurasian cave lion may have formed a single population with the Berigian cave lion which is sometimes considered to represent a distinct form. It ranged from Europe to Alaska during the Pleistocene between 370,000 to 10,000 years ago - Image : © Tommy from Arad / September 1…

Fossil European/Eurasian Cave Lion (Panthera leo spelaea or possibly as its own species, Panthera spelaea) - Genetic evidence appears to show this lion is more closely related to the modern lion and that the European/Eurasian cave lion may have formed a single population with the Berigian cave lion which is sometimes considered to represent a distinct form. It ranged from Europe to Alaska during the Pleistocene between 370,000 to 10,000 years ago - Image : © Tommy from Arad / September 1…

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