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Answered 2013-11-21 20:00:58

not all cats are extinct but some are here is a list of some extinct cats.
1.American Cheetah-more closely related to pumas and jaguars than to modern cheetahs; its slim, muscular, cheetah-like body can be chalked up to convergent evolution (the tendency for animals that inhabit similar ecosystems to evolve similar body plans). As fast and sleek as it was, the American Cheetah went extinct about 10,000 years ago, possibly as a result of human encroachment on its territory.
2.American Lion- the big cat affiliations of the American Lion (Panthera leo atrox) are in some doubt: this Pleistocene predator may have been more closely related to tigers and jaguars. coexisted, and competed, with Smilodon(Saber-Toothed Tiger) and Canis diris, the Dire Wolf. If it was in fact a subspecies of lion, the American Lion was by far the biggest of its breed, some males weighing as much as half a ton.
3.Bali Tiger-was restricted to the Indonesian island of Bali, where the last individuals went extinct a mere 50 or so years ago. For thousands of years, the Bali Tiger coexisted uneasily with the indigenous settlers of Indonesia; it wasn't truly imperiled until the arrival of the first Europeans, who mercilessly hunted this tiger to extinction, sometimes for sport and sometimes to protect their territory.
4.Barbary Lion-One of the more fearsome subspecies of Panthera leo. Was a prized possession of medieval British lords; a few large, shaggy individuals even made their way from northern Africa to the menagerie of the Tower of London. Barbary Lion males had especially large manes, and they were among the biggest lions of historical times, weighing as much as 500 pounds. It may yet prove possibly to reintroduce the Barbary Lion into the wild by selective breeding of its scattered descendants.
5.Cape Lion-holds a tenuous position in the big cat classification books; some experts believe it should not count as a Panthera leo subspecies at all, and was in fact a mere geographical offshoot of the still-extant Transvaal Lion of South Africa. Whatever the case, the last individuals of this big-maned breed expired in the late 19th century, and a convincing sighting hasn't been recorded since.
6.Caspian Tiger-occupied the largest swath of territory, ranging from Iran to the Caucasus to the vast, windswept steppes of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. can thank Russia, which borders these regions, for the extinction; Tsarist officials set a bounty on the Caspian Tiger during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. may yet prove possible to resuscitate the Caspian Tiger through selective breeding of its decendants.
7.Cave Lion-Probably most famous of all extinct big cats--if only for its close association with the Cave Bear, on which it regularly lunched--was the apex predator of Pleistocene Eurasia. Probably did not live in caves. Earned its name because various specimens were unearthed in European caves, which Panthera leo spelaea raided in search of bear-sized snacks (an angry, full-grown Cave Bear would have been an even match for an 800-pound Cave Lion male).
8.European Lion- paleontologists refer to European Lian comprised as many as three, rather than just one. its subspecies is Panthera leo: Panthera leo europaea, Panthera leo tartarica and Panthera leo fossilis. all these big cats shared in common were their relatively large sizes (some males approached 400 pounds) adn their susceptibility to encroachment and capture by early Europeans: for example, they featured in the arena combats of ancient Rome.
9.Javan Tiger- close relative to the Bali Tiger. was restricted to a single island in the vast Indonesian archipelago. succumbed not to relentless hunting, but to relentless encroachment, as the human population of Java grew during the 19th and 20th centuries. last Javan tiger was glimpsed a few decades ago but no one holds out much hope for another sighting.
10.Tasmanian Tiger- Not a true tiger, or a big cat but a predatory marsupial of Australia that more closely resembled a wolf. went extinct less than a hundred years ago.

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