3.1" Extinct Cave Bear Ursus Spelaeus Hand Paw Bone Pleistocene Age Romania COA
Weight: 0.8 Ounces
Dimensions: 3.1 Inches Long, 1.2 Inches Wide, 0.8 Inches Thick
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Cave bears are an extinct species of bear that lived about 24,000 years ago. Scientists called them cave bears because they found the vast majority of fossils of this species in caves. Hence the scientific name, Ursus Spelaeus, is the Roman word for cave. Unlike modern bear species, it is likely that cave bears spent much of their time in caves, rather than just during hibernation. Read on to learn about the cave bear.
These extinct bears, like many extinct creatures, draw human attention. We love a good mystery, and the storied past of cave bears roaming the earth intrigues many.
The large skulls and teeth of cave bear fossils initially led discoverers to the conclusion that the bones were those of dragons. Finding large skulls hidden deep within caves is always likely to spark the imagination. In some regions, people named caves with prolific cave bear fossils “dragon caves.”
Despite its large size and massive teeth, scientists believe this bear was mostly herbivorous. While it was likely omnivorous when given the opportunity, like many current bear species, their primary diet was plant matter. Researchers studying the teeth of these fossils concluded that they likely fed on mostly tough vegetation.