I've been doing research for my latest blog entry about the now extinct North American lion (Panthera atrox), which according to a recent study, was not a lion at all.
Fossils of this species have skulls similar to lions (hence the probable wrong conclusion that it was a lion) and jaws similar to jaguars.
It occurred to me that it was possible some zoo somewhere had a cross between a lion and a jaguar, so I googled and did find two in a Canadian zoo.
Bear Creek Sanctuary - Jaglions
Anyway, I studied a scientific article about Panthera atrox--a pretty complicated one involving anatomy and advanced statistics. I tried to explain it in laymans' terms on my blog.
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