The hard mass of bone under the fur in a lion’s tail, a trait that not all lions have, is thought to be the vestigial remnant of a claw. In Francis Trevelyan Buckland’s 1883 book, Curiosities of Natural History, he was unable to personally find any sharp claw in lions’ tails, but he does note the representation of lions with claws at the tail tips in artwork of Assyrian marbles. He was also sent the tip of a lion’s tail that was a sharp spur. So, there is evidence that at one time lions’ tails were sharp, but it seems that today’s lions do not share this same feature–it has been phased out by evolution.
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