Animal Info Lions Place of Origin

About the place of origin of lions, their genus and ancestors from millions of years ago in Eurasia.



Eurasia. The lion is a member of the genus Panthera, which includes the tiger, leopard, and other great cats. This genus shares evolutionary origins with the domestic cat, evidenced in similar structural characteristics; both are descendants of the Neofelids, catlike creatures that existed around 40 million years ago. The great cats of today first appeared on earth about 1 million years ago.

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