The cave bear, scientifically known as Ursus spelaeus, was a species of bear native to Europe and Asia that became extinct nearly 24,000 years ago. For thousands of years before the modern era, the species was intimately familiar to humans. Today, only their thousands of years old fossils mark their presence as being the lumbering beast coexisted with homo sapiens thousands of years ago.
Here are three interesting facts about the cave bear you should know about:
The cave bear is believed to be mostly vegetarian
With a size so massive and often frightening, which goes up to 10 feet long and weighs 1000 pounds, it’s hard to believe that the Cave Bear survived mostly on plants, seeds, and tubers. But paleontologists confirm it to be true by inferring from the wear patterns found on its fossilized teeth. However, they also say that it was an opportunistic omnivore, not hesitating to feast on the carcasses of small animals.
Early humans worshipped the cave bear
At the beginning of the 20th century, a team of paleontologists excavated a Swiss cave stacked with Cave Bear skulls and caves in southern France and Italy with tempting clues of early Cave Bear worship by early humans.
Male cave bears were bigger than female
Paleontologists after a careful analysis of cave bear fossils concluded that male cave bears were much bigger than females, exhibited sexual dimorphism. While male bears could weigh up to 1000 pounds apiece, females were smaller with tipping the scales at not more than 500 pounds. From the cave bear fossils available for sale and in museums, you may easily concur that female cave bear had traits of dwarfism.
As frightening as it may seem, the cave bear had an interesting history with the early humans, which is why it is a topic of research for paleontologists and fossil collectors.
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