The so-called Simba Kubwa Kutoka Afrika was a lion-like animal with up to 1500 kilograms. It lived 23 million years ago.
Researchers in Kenya have discovered one of the largest carnivorous mammals that ever lived on Earth. The lion-like creature was probably up to 1500 kilograms and “possibly larger than a polar bear,” researchers said around Matthew Borths of Ohio University in the United States.
Accordingly, it was the predominant carnivore in the area and was likely to hunt animals that resemble today’s elephants and hippos. It lived in Eurasia, North America, and parts of Africa and the Arab world about 23 million years ago.
The new species was baptized Simbakubwa Kutoka Afrika, as the scientists wrote in the “Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology”. “Simba” means “lion” in Swahili, “Kubwa” means “big” and “Kutoka Afrika” “from Africa”. The animal was thus identified by an incomplete lower jaw and teeth and bone fragments. These were excavated decades ago in western Kenya. For a long time, it was believed that the find belonged to a smaller species. However, the new research at the National Museum of Nairobi showed that it is a new species.