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Fossil records


Fossils of early leopard ancestors have been found in East Africa and South Asia from the Pleistocene of 2 to 3.5 Ma. The modern leopard is suggested to have evolved in Africa 470,000–825,000 years ago and radiated across Asia 170,000–300,000 years ago.

In Europe, the leopard is known at least since the Pleistocene. Fossil leopard bones and teeth dating from the Pliocene were found in Perrier in France, northeast of London, and in Valdarno in Italy. At 40 sites in Europe fossil bones and dental remains of leopards dating from the Pleistocene were excavated mostly in loess and caves. The sites of these fossil records range from near Lisbon, near Gibraltar, and Santander Province in northern Spain to several sites in France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, in the north up to Derby in England, in the east to Přerov in the Czech Republic and the Baranya in southern Hungary. The Pleistocene leopards of Europe can be divided into four subsequent subspecies. The first European leopard subspecies P. p. begoueni is known since the beginning of the early Pleistocene and was replaced about 600.000 years ago by P. p. sickenbergi, which in turn was replaced by P. p. antiqua at around 300.000 years ago. The last form, the Late Pleistocene Ice Age leopard (P. p. spelaea) appeared at the beginning of the Late Pleistocene and survived until about 24.000 years ago in large parts of Europe.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3s Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Sep 2013 - 10:21 AM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
Title:Resting Leopard
Username:ugly ugly
Uploaded:29 Jan 2014 - 6:33 AM
Tags:General, Photo journalism, Tanzania wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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debu
debu  4 India
29 Jan 2014 - 6:39 AM

Excellent capture.
debu

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kathrynlouise
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29 Jan 2014 - 6:47 AM

OMG! You certainly know how to get my attention don't you Dave GrinGrin
Absolutely perfect. What a stunning capture of this beautiful Leopard. What eyes. Love, love, love it GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
The standard I would love to be at one day, must persevere and try harder.

Kathryn

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ColleenA
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29 Jan 2014 - 6:54 AM

Wow Dave....an amazing set of images...we haven't come across a leopard in. Tree for ages....
Beautiful eye contact....just given my UA away.. Pity....

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CarolG
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29 Jan 2014 - 6:58 AM

Two wonderful images, Dave. Carol

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Kim Walton
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29 Jan 2014 - 7:02 AM

Bpth have equal merit

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kel55
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29 Jan 2014 - 7:05 AM

Stunning shots .

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Lillian
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29 Jan 2014 - 7:56 AM

Two VERY good images Dave
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Badgerfred
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29 Jan 2014 - 8:21 AM

These are excellent Dave, V2 a slight favourite,
Fred.

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Mike_Young
29 Jan 2014 - 8:33 AM

These are two fabulous images Dave...have an award Smile

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Mollycat
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29 Jan 2014 - 8:43 AM

Relaxing, the way only leopards can. Two fantastic pictures Dave. Peter.

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NaturesHaven
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29 Jan 2014 - 8:49 AM

The eyes are mesmerising.............makes me sleepy just looking into those eyes..................GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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franken
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29 Jan 2014 - 9:17 AM

Lovely set.

Ken

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JohnoP
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29 Jan 2014 - 9:31 AM

Absolutely mesmerising with those eyes! John

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Glostopcat
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29 Jan 2014 - 9:34 AM

Two fabulous images of this beautiful and majestic big cat, two of your very best pieces of work methinks

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AnnJ
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29 Jan 2014 - 10:02 AM

Can't decide between the two variants as they are both so special. And those eyes.....just stunning. Ann.

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DicksPics
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29 Jan 2014 - 10:20 AM

Top drawer photography, Dave!
Stunning.
Richard

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gwynn56
gwynn56  252 forum posts England
29 Jan 2014 - 10:31 AM

2 beautiful images Smile

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williamsloan
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29 Jan 2014 - 11:19 AM

a very pretty and real good tender image.


billy

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom72 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2014 - 11:30 AM

Can't believe you're still uploading first rate images from that Safari Trip!
Two brilliant images worthy of individual slots.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

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CaroleS
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29 Jan 2014 - 11:38 AM

Love the lazy pose - good capture Dave.

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
29 Jan 2014 - 12:13 PM

Two outstanding images!
Effrossini

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mikbee
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29 Jan 2014 - 12:49 PM

Two wonderful shots Dave !!
Mick.

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2449 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2014 - 1:37 PM

Wonderful images of this beautiful Leopard,

Ali GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2014 - 2:55 PM

At a risk of repeating what everyone else has said - these are simply stunning, amazing, wonderful etc. Wow! GrinGrin

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GeorgePlatis
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29 Jan 2014 - 4:39 PM

Superb captures, Dave! Great clarity and colours!
Regards,
George

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dudler
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29 Jan 2014 - 5:24 PM

Immaculate pair of pictures.

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EileenH
29 Jan 2014 - 7:14 PM

Two beautiful imagesSmile

Eileen

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AnnChown
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29 Jan 2014 - 7:22 PM

Just wonderful - but I think I like v2 best, but a really difficult choice!

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JuBarney
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29 Jan 2014 - 8:23 PM

Super shots
Ju

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bobsblues
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29 Jan 2014 - 9:17 PM

Amazing shots Dave well done for all the awards well deserved
Rob

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TyChee
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29 Jan 2014 - 10:11 PM

Those eyes really grab you. Excellent shots!
Ty

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Irishkate
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30 Jan 2014 - 12:11 AM

Sorry I didn't have a UA to add to your magnificent tally.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Lynniesefforts
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30 Jan 2014 - 12:22 AM

Far and away your best images here to date... Just stunning Dave, I could look at V1 all day, so mesmerising!! 11/10 from me !!!!! Amazing work !!!

14 UAs.... well deserved..Grin

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SimonFletch
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30 Jan 2014 - 4:57 AM

Excellent photography, Dave.
I am very impressed, indeed.
Very well done - two for the book?

Simon

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 596 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2014 - 6:26 AM

Worthy of all those awards mate, a stunning shot...those eyes... wow!

Andy

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WhiteRose1
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31 Jan 2014 - 11:21 AM

I've heard of a Tiger's Eye jewel, but these are beauties, Dave.

Dave

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