Cave hyena

Description
A fragment of a cave hyena jaw with in-situ teeth found in an area of Kents Cavern. The presence of teeth in this fossil allow reliable diet analyses to be conducted to help find out what this hyena was preying on. Bones of other animals from the caves also show tooth marks made by the hyenas gnawing them. The hyena was probably using the cave as a den in which to live.
Accession Loan No.
31/2006/1521
Collection Class
Fossils
Common Name
cave hyena
Simple Name
fossil: mammal
Full Name
HYAENIDAE: Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Goldfuss): cave hyena
Dimensions
whole length 85 mm; whole width 60 mm; whole H 30 mm
Geology Period
Pleistocene 1.8 – 10,000
Family Group

Collection Town
Torquay
Collection County
Devon
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe
Phylum
CHORDATA: VERTEBRATA
Family
HYAENIDAE
Genus
Crocuta
Species
crocuta spelaea

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