American Lion

Extinct circa 10,000 BCENorth and South America

Believed to be the largest subspecies of lion, the American Lion once existed in North and South America. It was estimated to be 4-8 feet in length and 4 feet tall at the shoulder. It disappeared about 10,000 years ago.

"Skeletons of the extinct American Lion." George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Joe Mabel. GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 granted by photographer. Wikimedia.