DNA tests by an international team of scientists have reportedly revealed that Indian lions are closely related to Barbary lions.

According to sources, scientists described the DNA sequencing as ‘noteworthy’ as Indian lions showed incredibly close relationships with the Iranian and the Barbary lion populations of North Africa despite being geographically distant.

The restoration of the extinct North African Barbary lions has attracted the attention of conservationists from all over the world.

Although there has been circumstantial evidence that the Barbary lions could have survived in captivity, studies have shown that the most likely descendants of wild Barbary lions do not appear to be Barbary.

Barbary lions inhabited the Atlas Mountains range countries including the Barbary Coast. The Barbary lion was first described by Austrian zoologist Johann Nepomuk Meyer.

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