Cross between ant and lion
Hortus Sanitatis, 1491
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The myrmecoleon, or ant-lion, is usually considered to be a mythical creature of legend, although it has also been identified as a rock hyrax. The uncertainty stems from the fact that various sources have used the term ant-lion – the name myrmecoleon was attached to it later – to refer to two different animals: one a mammal and the other an insect.[1]



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