cave lions

29 Oct 2015

At ...

  two lion cubs have been found in Yakutia, preserved in perma frost. Cave lions were extent during early to middle Pleistocene from the British Isles to Chukotka, and probably in Alaska too, and the Yukon. They are closely related to modern lions found in Africa and Asia and as such have few predators. Even humans keep their distance - in normal circumstances. Like the mammoth and the woolly rhinocerus they became extinct at the end of the Pleistocene. Why that should happen is anyone's guess but when human hunters are mentioned, or mineral deficiencies or the like, the lions are usually omitted. None of the theories embrace Catastrophism.

At the same site, ... we did this in a post a few weeks ago but the age was said to be 10,000 years old, when they disappeared. Now the rhino remains have been scientifically dated to 34,000 years ago - which is not a surprise. This is smack in the middle of a catastrophic event that ushered in the Late Global Maximum. Lots of animals died out at this time - and some species actually went extinct, especially in Australia. This you might recall is when the Neanderthals went up the spout - becoming extinct or mutating, or whatever.