Cave Bear skull

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A rare EXTRA LARGE, Top Quality fossil Cave Bear (Urusus spelaeus) skull from the Carpathian Mountains, Romania. An April of the Month. These large bears lived in the mountain caves from central Europe to Russia. An excellent cave bear tooth. You can own a rare and wonderful story piece from the Ice Age! Essentially no repair or restoration with minor repair above the upper jaw canine & incisor teeth only. Authenticity guaranteed. Near perfect skull. One of the largest top quality Cave Bear skull that I have seen. Very clean with great color. Skull comes with a custom steel display stand as shown. Note - shipping weight is approximately 25 lbs. An international shipping charge is required.

Name: Urusus spelaeus      Age: Late Pleistocene     

Location:  Carpathian Mountains, Romania

R500            SIZE: 19" Length  ;  10-1/2" Wide  ;  18" Height on stand.

Note: Posted 13 new Ice Age Cave Bear fossils in April 2023.  Link -> Cave Bear Fossils

Exceptionally preserved, Cave Bear fossils (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.

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, Romania (and other European locations)