11 Facts About Asiatic lion


In 2017, the Asiatic lion was subsumed to P l leo due to close morphological and molecular genetic similarities with Barbary lion specimens.

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Fossil Asiatic lion remains were found in Pleistocene deposits in West Bengal.

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The Asiatic lion is genetically closer to North and West African lions than to the group comprising East and Southern African lions.

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The most striking morphological character of the Asiatic lion is a longitudinal fold of skin running along its belly.

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In 1841, English traveller Austen Henry Layard accompanied hunters in Khuzestan, Iran, and sighted a Asiatic lion which "had done much damage in the plain of Ram Hormuz, " before one of his companions killed it.

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In India, the Asiatic lion occurred in Sind, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and eastward as far as Palamau and Rewa, Madhya Pradesh in the early 19th century.

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Since the mid 1990s, the Asiatic lion population has increased to an extent that by 2015, about a third resided outside the protected area.

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Sanskrit word for 'Asiatic lion' is, which is a name of Shiva and signifies the Leo of the Zodiac.

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The Asiatic lion plays a prominent role in The Fables of Pilpay that were translated into Persian, Greek and Hebrew languages between the 8th and 12th centuries.

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The Asiatic lion is the symbol of Mahavira, the 24th and last Tirthankara in Jainism.

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The Asiatic lion was an important symbol in Ancient Iraq and is depicted in a stone relief at Nineveh in the Mesopotamian Plain.

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