Cave Bear paw

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    An exceptionally large, Ice Age Cave Bear paw (Urusus spelaeus) from Romania. These large Ice Age bears lived in the mountain caves from central Europe to Russia. These are complete feet with 85% original fossil bone and are nicely wired together to make an incredible display piece. (Note - all of the composite paw reconstruction on the market have some digits added.) A wonderful story piece. Authenticity guaranteed. A fantastic Ice Age fossil specimen!

    Name: Urusus spelaeus      Age: Late Pleistocene      Location: Carpathian Mountains, Romania

    R503             SIZE: 12-1/4" x 7-1/2"

    Note: Added 17 new Ice Age fossils in March 2020.  Link -> Cave Bear Fossils

    An exceptionally preserved Cave Bear fossil (Urusus spelaeus) from Romania. These large bears lived in the mountain caves from central Europe to Russia. Ursus spelaeus had a large body had long thighs, and massive shins making it similar in skeletal structure to the Brown Bear. Cave bears were comparable in size to the largest modern day bears. The average weight for males was approximately 1000 pounds.  

    The cave bears became extinction date about 28,000 years ago which coincides with a period of significant climate change (Last Glacial Maximum). The drastic cooling in temperature resulted in a reduction or total loss of the vegetation that the cave bears ate. The cave bears starved to death in the caves which provided todays fossil record.

    Name: Urusus spelaeus

    Age: Late Pleistocene (28,000 - 130,000 years)

    Location: Carpathian Mountains, Romania