Frozen Cave Lion Found
“As far as I know, there has never been a prehistoric cat found with this level of preservation so this is truly an extraordinary find.” Des Moines University fossil felid expert Julie Meachen says.
“I am sure we have only begun to think of all the questions we could ask,” Meachen says, as the cubs provide a new window into a frigid world.
For the moment, the scientists studying the cubs are remaining tight-lipped about the discovery. Scientists have also found mammoths DNA and it is likely that they might find other prehistoric creatures lurking underground.
From a photo released, at least one of the cats is so delicately preserved that even its fur is intact. Initial report notes say that the lion is probably over 10,000 years old.
“I was a little in disbelief when I first saw it, but when it looked to be true I was just in awe,” says Meachen.
Cave lion remains have been found before but up until now the fossil record of this big cat was restricted to bones and tracks. A photo of one of the Ice Age kittens has certainly been stoking the excitement of both cat fanciers and paleontologists.
Tom, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy