Panthera youngi

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Panthera youngi
Temporal range: Middle Pleistocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: P. youngi
Binomial name
Panthera youngi
Pei, 1934

Felis youngi

Panthera youngi is known from Choukoutien, northeastern China and Japan, and lived about 350,000 years ago in the Pleistocene epoch. Fossils found in Japan were originally regarded to belong to those of tigers, but being discovered later that at least some belong to lions.[1] Harington, 1969 suggested that the American lion, the Eurasian cave lion and the large Chinese Panthera youngi are conspecific.


  1. ^ Ohdachi S.,Ishibashi Y., Iwasa A.M., Fukui D., Saitohet T. et al., 2015, The Wild Mammals of Japan, Shoukadoh, ISBN 978-4-87974-691-7
  • Harington, C. R. (1969). "Pleistocene remains of the lion-like cat (Panthera atrox) from the Yukon Territory and northern Alaska". Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 6 (5): 1277–1288. doi:10.1139/e69-127. 

Further reading[edit]

Pei Wenzhong (1934) On the Carnivora from Locality 1 of Choukoutien: Palaeontologica Sinica, Ser. C, Fasc. 1, p. 1-166, 47 figs., 24 pls.