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Fwd: Re: Ligers and tigrons - oh my!

What makes lions and tigers distinct species, instead of just different breeds 
of big cat? Is this where cladistics comes in?

Peter Markmann

----- Original Message -----
From: GSP1954@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 1:49 pm
Subject: Ligers and tigrons - oh my!
> If a daddy lion and a momma tiger make a baby its a liger. If a boy 
> tiger and 
> a girl lion have a little one its a tigron. According to a Brit 
> newspaper 
> account grown up tigrons tend to be small at a wee 25 stone, while 
> ligers are the 
> biggest cats, up to 86 stone and able to stand 12 ft tall on the 
> hind legs. 
> Do any of you paleomammalogists who works on big cats know if this 
> is true? My 
> WWII vet English correspondent wants to know. 
> G Paul