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.

Panthera leo spelaea and Crocuta crocuta spelaea in a standoff over food by Petr Modlitba

Panthera leo spelaea and Crocuta crocuta spelaea in a standoff over food by Petr Modlitba

Panthera Leo spelaea also known as European or Eurasian Cave Lion, ranged from Northern Asia to Europe and Southern Asia, extinct as of 10000 BC.

Panthera Leo spelaea also known as European or Eurasian Cave Lion, ranged from Northern Asia to Europe and Southern Asia, extinct as of 10000 BC.

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)

Panthera leo spelaea (cave lion) - recent genetic research shows that it was most closely related to the modern lion and that it formed a single population with the Beringian cave lion. It ranged from Europe to Alaska over the Bering land bridge until the late Pleistocene.

Panthera leo spelaea (cave lion) - recent genetic research shows that it was most closely related to the modern lion and that it formed a single population with the Beringian cave lion. It ranged from Europe to Alaska over the Bering land bridge until the late Pleistocene.

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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