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Resting Leopard

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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.

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debu 8 India
29 Jan 2014 6:39AM
Excellent capture.

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29 Jan 2014 6:47AM
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.

ColleenA Plus
5 358 6 Australia
29 Jan 2014 6:54AM
Wow amazing set of images...we haven't come across a leopard in. Tree for ages....
Beautiful eye contact....just given my UA away.. Pity....
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Jan 2014 6:58AM
Two wonderful images, Dave. Carol
Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 7:02AM
Bpth have equal merit
kel55 5 8 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 7:05AM
Stunning shots .
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 7:56AM
Two VERY good images Dave
29 Jan 2014 8:21AM
These are excellent Dave, V2 a slight favourite,
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 8:33AM
These are two fabulous images Dave...have an award Smile
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 8:43AM
Relaxing, the way only leopards can. Two fantastic pictures Dave. Peter.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
29 Jan 2014 8:49AM
The eyes are mesmerising.............makes me sleepy just looking into those eyes..................GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 9:17AM
Lovely set.

JohnoP 12 2
29 Jan 2014 9:31AM
Absolutely mesmerising with those eyes! John
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
29 Jan 2014 9:34AM
Two fabulous images of this beautiful and majestic big cat, two of your very best pieces of work methinks
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
29 Jan 2014 10:02AM
Can't decide between the two variants as they are both so special. And those eyes.....just stunning. Ann.
29 Jan 2014 10:20AM
Top drawer photography, Dave!
gwynn56 6 87 England
29 Jan 2014 10:31AM
2 beautiful images Smile
a very pretty and real good tender image.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 11:30AM
Can't believe you're still uploading first rate images from that Safari Trip!
Two brilliant images worthy of individual slots.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 11:38AM
Love the lazy pose - good capture Dave.
29 Jan 2014 12:13PM
Two outstanding images!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
29 Jan 2014 12:49PM
Two wonderful shots Dave !!
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 1:37PM
Wonderful images of this beautiful Leopard,

Ali GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Alda 5 70 30 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 2:55PM
At a risk of repeating what everyone else has said - these are simply stunning, amazing, wonderful etc. Wow! GrinGrin
29 Jan 2014 4:39PM
Superb captures, Dave! Great clarity and colours!
dudler Plus
14 691 1321 England
29 Jan 2014 5:24PM
Immaculate pair of pictures.
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 7:14PM
Two beautiful imagesSmile

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 7:22PM
Just wonderful - but I think I like v2 best, but a really difficult choice!
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 8:23PM
Super shots
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 9:17PM
Amazing shots Dave well done for all the awards well deserved
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
29 Jan 2014 10:11PM
Those eyes really grab you. Excellent shots!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 12:11AM
Sorry I didn't have a UA to add to your magnificent tally.
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

Lynette Grin
30 Jan 2014 4:57AM
Excellent photography, Dave.
I am very impressed, indeed.
Very well done - two for the book?

Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
30 Jan 2014 6:26AM
Worthy of all those awards mate, a stunning shot...those eyes... wow!

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
31 Jan 2014 11:21AM
I've heard of a Tiger's Eye jewel, but these are beauties, Dave.


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