Scientists have identified menu cave lions
Paleontologists have been able to determine the diet of cave lions. Scientists analyzed the remains of the species Panthera spelaea – just over 370 species from 25 regions. The object of research was collagen, a protein that can persist in bones for a long time. This protein contains information about the food consumed by species during their life.
Scientists have determined that cave lions mostly hunted deer (parallel to the researchers discovered that the ancient deer ate more moss than their modern relatives.) Also, sometimes they attacked young cave bears. At the same time, scientists stress that the diet P. spelaea did not differ in variety, in contrast to their modern cousins that attack almost anything that moves.
According to paleontologists, this type of diet could have easily caused the extinction of lions in addition to the fact that 19,000 years ago the climate warming and the deer began to fade (as well as cave bears). As a consequence, the Lions lost their main source of food and also became extinct.
Experts, however, point out that such statements can not be done on the basis of the data because the geographical sample of species is not large enough to be able to judge all of cave lions.