Thursday, May 7, 2020

Panthera toscana Mandible Fossil

Picture of the mandible fossil (right jaw) of a Panthera toscana (aka panther, Tuscany lion, Tuscany jaguar). It was found near S. Maria al Tasso, Upper Valdarno, Italy in 1885. This fossil dates to the late Pliocene Epoch to early Pleistocene Epoch (Villafranchian age) of the Neogene Period.

Thought to be an ancestor of the European jaguar (Panthera gombaszoegensis).

Picture taken at Orciano Pisano Whale Exhibit in Museo di Geologia e Paleontologia Florence Italy (Università degli Studi di Firenze) on August 2019.

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