We thank the European Union SYNTHESYS programme for allowing NY to visit the National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France, Museum of Natural History, Berlin, Germany, and Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium, to examine skulls, and British Airways for transport between the UK and Kazakhstan. We also thank Daphne Hills, Paula Jenkins, Louise Tomsett (Natural History Museum, London), Malgosia Nowak-Kemp (Natural History Museum, University of Oxford, Oxford), Malcolm Harman (Powell-Cotton Museum, Kent, UK), Robert Asher, Peter Giere, Irene Thomas (Museum of Natural History, Berlin), Thomas Martin, Katrin Krohmann (Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Doris Mörike (State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart, Germany), Jacques Cuisin, Francis Renoud, Daniel Robineau, Michel Tranier (National Museum of Natural History, Paris), Marie-Dominique Wandhammer, Virginia Rakotondrahaja (Zoological Museum, Strasbourg, France), Vincent Nijman, Peter van Bree, Adri Rol (Zoological Museum, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam), Chris Smeenk, Hein van Grouw (National Museum of Natural History, Leiden, The Netherlands), Emmanuel Gilissen, Wim Wendelen (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium), Lars Werdelin, Bo Fernholm, Olavi Grönwall (Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden), Alexei Abramov, Alexei Tikhonov (Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg), Igor Ya. Pavlinov, Alex Borissenko, Sergey Kruskop (Zoological Museum, Moscow State University, Moscow), Elena Zholnerovskaya, Natasha Lopatina (Siberian Zoological Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia), Vitaliy Gromov (Institute of Soil Science, Almaty), Vitaliy Kascheev, Amankul Bekenov, Roman Jashenko (Institute of Zoology, Almaty, Kazakhstan), Woody Cotteril (Natural History Museum, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe), Duncan MacFadyen (Transvaal Museum, Pretoria), Fred Kigozi (Amathole Museum, King William’s Town), Gillian Watson (Port Elizabeth Museum Complex, Port Elizabeth), Denise Drinkrow (South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa) for their kind support concerning specimen examination at the collections. We thank Bruce Patterson for providing information concerning Indian lion specimens kept in the Field Museum, Chicago and for his comments on the manuscript. We also thank an anonymous referee for his/her comments.
Received: 18 February 2009
Accepted: 7 July 2009
Published online: 17 September 2009
Editor: V. Nijman