Paleontologists from the University of New South Wales have discovered the remains of a tiny marsupial lion, which, after much debate, was recognized as a hitherto unknown species. It was originally thought to be a close relative of Priscileo roskellyae, another pygmy lion. But a careful analysis of the jaws showed a lot of differences - the new lion was much more dangerous than its brother, although it was the size of a modern domestic cat.
A source of controversy is Australia's reputation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Queensland's Riverley, Queensland, and a site where ancient animal remains have been unearthed for decades. Both the already famous marsupial lion and the newcomer named Lekaneleo roskellyae could exist at the same time and even compete with each other. But now scientists are sure that these are two different branches in the genus of marsupial lions, both unsuccessful and dead-end, since these creatures became extinct 35, 000 years ago.
But the remains found are much older, they are about 24 million years old, and at that time Lekaneleo roskellyae was a formidable predator in its biome. Extremely powerful for such a modest size, the jaws easily ripped any flesh and crushed bones. In addition, the small lion climbed trees well, and therefore could ravage nests, fight snakes, and even attack creatures with solid natural armor.
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