A Griffin surrounded by botanical subjects ( date unknown) by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607–1677).
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library Artwork from University of Toronto Wenceslaus Hollar Digital Collection via Wikimedia.
Just a butterfly
The American lion (Panthera leo atrox or P. atrox) is an extinct lion of the family Felidae, endemic to North America during the Pleistocene epoch (0.34 mya to 11,000 years ago), existing for approximately 0.33 million years.
The American lion was one of the largest types of cat ever to have existed, with a top weight of 351 kg. Approximately one hundred specimens of American lions have been recovered from the La Brea Tar Pits, in Los Angeles, so their body structure is well known.
This species disappeared about the same time as other species during the Holocene extinction event, which wiped out likely prey of megafauna. Bones of the lion have been found in the trash heaps of Paleolithic American Indians, so human predation may have contributed to their extinction aswell.
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