Kitten-sized extinct ‘lion’ named after David Attenborough

356646479_4d423c1177_mOnce upon a time, a miniature feline predator prowled Australia’s underbrush on the search for unsuspecting birds, frogs, insects, and lizards. For several decades, this razor-toothed, pre-historic marsupial lion has been the subject of intense study among the paleontologists of Australia’s Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site (WHFS). However, this year, the extinct mini hunter has also caught the attention of animal name lovers. In honor of Sir David Attenborough’s tireless support of the WHFS, the species has been officially named Microleo Attenboroughi.