Grappling-hook claws and the ability to supinate the palm make subduing prey easier.
Extra-heavy bone in the skull and limbs, coupled with team hunting, allows the taking of extremely large prey.
The fact that lions band together is a very unusual behavior for cats.
Although sibling groups of other cat species will do so, lions are the only cats that regularly hunt cooperatively.
Adult male lions have the well-known mane only in adulthood, after several years of growth and strength-gaining.