Cave hyena

Description
A large fragment of a cave hyena jaw with in-situ teeth found in Smerdon’s Passage of Kents Cavern and donated by the British Association for Advancement of Science committee. 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. Pengelly number: 3518b, Locality: Smerdon’s Passage, Series: 31, Parallel: 9, Level: 2, Yard: 1L,Deposit: Cave earth, date 28/10/1870.
Accession Loan No.
31/2006/39
Collection Class
Fossils
Common Name
cave hyena
Simple Name
fossil: mammal
Full Name
HYAENIDAE: Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Goldfuss): cave hyena
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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