A Conversation for Lions
Arnie Appleaide - Inspector General of the Defenders of Freedom Started conversation Jul 13, 2006
were lions ever native to Europe?
Tom tamer of the lion Posted Jul 14, 2006
I think so, if you go back far enough in time then you would find some desedent not to far off a morden day lion.
Arnie Appleaide - Inspector General of the Defenders of Freedom Posted Jul 17, 2006
But that's an evolutionary time frame - so they weren't native during human/modern history, e.g. in the last several thousand years?
Tom tamer of the lion Posted Jul 17, 2006
no I dont think so. Dont quote me on this but a fair way back there was no europe or Africa as we know it, they were one big content, any way because of varation in the species and the contents shifting it all led up to the big cats living in Africa and the smaller cats living in europe. But as far as I know there no nativve big cats in england in the last 1000 years, there are some big cats (famous case of on dartmore) but these are were probley brought in by saliors.
Gnomon - time to move on Posted May 13, 2011
Yes, there used to be lions in Europe and North Africa in Roman times, but they were all killed off by the Romans for sport.
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