❃ The American lion was a large feline of the Pleistocene epoch that inhabited North America. Along with the saber-toothed cat, it was one of the largest cats to have ever lived. It is also known as the Naegele's big cat, after the German naturalist who first described it.
❃ They were about the size of a tiger, or slightly larger. It had a long body and powerful legs, with large claws that could deal a fatal blow to its prey. Its coat was probably tawny with darker stripes, like that of a modern lion. What a beast of a feline this is, huh? The American Lion sure was something else.
❃ It was most common in the Rancholabrean land bridge period (130,000 to 10,000 years ago), when it was widespread across North America. It went extinct around 10,000 years ago, along with many other large animals of the Pleistocene.