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
Collection Class
Fossils
Common Name
cave hyena
Simple Name
fossil: mammal
Full Name
HYAENIDAE: Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Goldfuss): cave hyena
Dimensions
whole length 55 mm; whole W 50 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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