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Comment 18 by nick keighley

only when male lions learn to clone themselves. Presumably the lioness manages to rear a brood toyoug adulthoodsooner or later and they are going to be 50% her DNA no matter who the father was!

Presumption is a usual cause of errors. Research is required.

Lionesses are in most circumstances unlikely to raise more than the odd cub at best, outside of a pride where cooperative hunting acquires food. Even in prides, large numbers of cubs die young.
Prides are usually made up of a group of lionesses, with (about) two dominant male lions fathering all the cubs. The males guard the pride's hunting territory from other lions. It is usual for new lions taking over a pride after defeating the previous dominant males, to kill any cubs fathered by the defeated males, thereby bringing the lionesses back into season to mate with them.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 18:58:44 UTC | #948466