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    Posted: 29-Dec-2009 at 05:06
For me the distribution of animals and the continental drift is very interesting. If we see that e.g. primates evolved in North america or Europe, how did they come to Africa? Or why do we have Ant-eaters in Germany allthough they evolved, as far as we know, in South America? And there are much more questions.
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You have told rather interesting facts...And you did the right thing to post this information here...
strikes me the fact that Lions lived in the middle east and Europe untill the 3rd century AD. The European lions are thought to have been a little bigger in size than the African lions and were extinct largely because of the huntings of the Roman empire. As you know Romans used lions for amusement and made them fight with gladiators.
I think lions live only in Africa and they are bigger than whenever else.
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I don't know about the rest of North America, but the Northest had big cats as recent as 5,000 ybp.  Saber toothed cats died out here approx. 8-9,000 ybp.  I've found a carving that depicts a saber toothed cat of some kind.  That would mean that they were still here during the late Paleo/
 early Archaic.  There is also evidence for an extinct form of bison and also the short faced bear.
 
BTW- Germany had their own specie of lion, or rather west southern Europe.  Check me on this, but I believe the UK also had big cats up until rather recent.  Aamof, there are several places in Britain where they believe there are still big cats living.  Noth America still has big cats but their not as big as a lion.  New England still has Mountain lions, [Cougars} as does West Virginia and several other states in that region.  Florida has the Florida Panther.  These aren't as big as an African lion, the panther averages 100-150 lbs, still a good sized animal.  Note- "the authorities" state that there are less than 200 breeding animals in Florida and Georgia.  Better informed sources place breeding animals at 1000 plus.[Sources such as the Florida Highway Patrol and local Fish and Wildlife officers]   
 
 


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Here is an interesting article on the origin of polar bears. Apparently they have been traced to Ireland.
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