Cave hyena

Description
A molar of a cave hyena found in Kents Cavern. Cave hyena are extinct relatives of the modern African spotted hyena, and display adaptations for life in glacial periods of earth history such as stockier limbs and larger size. The cave hyena lived throughout the Pleistocene epoch, surviving four glacial and three interglacial periods. A jaw fragment of a modern human has also been found in Kents Cavern; humans and hyenas may have been in competition for this cave as a home.
Accession Loan No.
31/2006/1533
Simple Name
fossil: mammal
Full Name
HYAENIDAE: Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Goldfuss): cave hyena
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Geology Period
Pleistocene 1.8 – 10,000
Common Name
cave hyena
Family
HYAENIDAE
Genus
Crocuta
Species
crocuta spelaea
Phylum
CHORDATA: VERTEBRATA
Collection Class
Fossils
Collection Contintent
Europe
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Town
Torquay
Collection County
Devon
Family Group

Dimensions
whole length 55 mm; whole W 50 mm; whole H 30 mm
Created At
2016-10-13 15:46:56
Updated At
2020-01-28 11:44:10

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