Cave bear

Description
A canine of a cave bear found at Kents Cavern. One of the best known ice age creature, cave bear fossils have been found almost exclusively in caves across Europe leading to the assumption that they lived in caves year round, not just using them for hibernation like modern day bears. They would be no bigger than the largest bears of today, having looked like modern brown bears yet having a mis-match of anatomical features taken from a range of species. Cave bear seemed to be more herbivorous compared to modern species, a inference gleaned from analyses on teeth like these.
Accession Loan No.
31/2006/1525
Collection Class
Fossils
Common Name
cave bear
Simple Name
fossil: mammal
Full Name
URSIDAE: Ursus spelaeus Rosenmüller: cave bear
Dimensions
whole length 80 mm; whole W 25 mm; whole H 20 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
Ursidae
Genus
Ursus
Species
spelaeus

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