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198 lbs Bali tiger vs 203 lbs Persian leopard
260 lbs Malayan tiger vs 267 lbs cougar
310 lbs Sumatran tiger vs 312 lbs Pantanal jaguar
550 lbs Bengal tiger vs 550 lbs Transvaal lion
600 lbs Siberian tiger vs 586 lbs Barbary lion
530 lbs Caspian tiger vs 500 lbs Sabre toothed tiger

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Hi Khan

I can pretty much just group all these together and discuss it that way. Even at parity I favour tigers over leopards, cougars and jaguars. I suppose its more a gut feeling than anything, but I just consider tigers and lions to be a step above the other big cats, even pound for pound, with their excellent mix of speed and power. The jaguar has the best chance of winning but my instinct is that it would need to have a decent weight advantage to win.

The tigers vs lions ones basically boil down to every other tiger vs lion fight, which if you've read my answers before, I consider 50/50. Changing the species involved really makes very little difference. No lion species is drastically better or worse than another, same with tigers.

Lastly, I would favour the Sabre-toothed tiger over an extant tiger at parity. The 30 lbs makes some difference, but probably not enough. I don't think the sabre-teeth are great for one-on-one conflict with other predators, but the Sabre-tooth is the more heavily built and powerful animal and I think it can control a wrestle with the tiger. If in control and able to get bites in, the tiger is done.

Cheers Khan.

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I can answer most questions relating to real or hypothetical situations. I have a better understanding of animal behavior and specifically predatory behavior and interspecies predatory relationships. Mammals is my field of expertise but I can do my best in answering questions regarding other animals. Small mammals are my favourite matchups. One or two prehistoric match-ups is OK, but please do not focus on them as they are outside my expertise.

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Even before completing my degree I considered myself an expert in mammal behavior. Doing my degree only furthered my interest and knowledge in the subject. After uni I got the opportunity to spend 6 months in South Africa and Kenya where I spent nearly every day basically observing and studying the animals of the savanna.

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BSc Degree in Zoology from the Melbourne University, Australia.

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