Cave Bear jaw

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An EXTRA LARGE, exceptionally preserved, fossil Cave Bear jaw (Urusus spelaeus) from Jaskinia Niedźwiedzia, Poland. A March Fossil of the Month. These large bears lived in the mountain caves from central Europe to Russia. An excellent, large adult cave bear lower jaw. This jaw was found in one of Poland's famous Cave Bear caves 40+ years ago. You can own a rare and wonderful story piece from the Ice Age!  No repair or restoration. Authenticity guaranteed. Comes with a sturdy steel stand to display this specimen. Museum Quality. An incredible display piece!

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

R506             SIZE: 12" x 6" H   ;   Height with stand = 10"

Note: Adding 12 new Ice Age Cave Bear fossils in March 2022.   Link -> Cave Bear Fossils



Exceptionally preserved, Cave Bear fossils (Urusus spelaeus) from Poland. 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.

Note - The cave bear also co-existed with the large ancestral Eurasian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) which may provided competition for food and habitat. Ursus arctos fossils are found in the same area, but are quite rare.

Name: Urusus spelaeus

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

Location: Carpathian Mountains, Poland