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Lioness with a mane?

  1. Oct 4, 2015 #1
    I know some males are maneless. In particular the Tsavo subspecies of lion.
    Tsavo_lions_closer.jpg
    maneless males

    That is mainly because of living in arid climates where a mane would make the lion overheat and also hunting with the lionesses.

    I also know that some lionesses have manes. The mane tends to be light on a maned lioness. I don't know which subspecies of lion has more maned lionesses.
    http://blog.boundlessjourneys.com/files/2009/02/lions.jpg [Broken]
    Maned lioness

    But why would some lionesses have manes? Hasn't it been selected over millions of years for lionesses to not have manes, even in cold areas?
     
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  3. Oct 4, 2015 #2

    DaveC426913

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    Some ideas:

    http://africageographic.com/blog/unravelling-the-mystery-of-mmamoriri-the-maned-lioness/

    http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2012/10/09/weird-wild-rare-maned-lionesses-explained/
     
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