Cave Hyena jaw

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A rare well preserved, Cave Hyena jaw section with three teeth (Crocuta crocuta spelaea) from the Yakutsk Region, Siberia. The Cave Hyena is also known as the Ice Age Spotted Hyena. These extra large hyenas lived in the mountain caves from central Europe to Russia. Excellent teeth with good color. No repair or restoration. Authenticity guaranteed. You can own a rare and wonderful story piece from the Ice Age!  

Name: Crocuta crocuta spelaea     Age: Late Pleistocene      Location: Yakutsk Region, Siberia

R530             SIZE: 3-1/2" Length  ;  2-1/8"  Wide

Note: Adding 6 new Ice Age fossils in January 2023.   Link -> Cave Hyena 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 extra large Cave Hyenas (Crocuta crocuta spelaea) which may provided competition for food and habitat. Crocuta crocuta spelaea fossils are found in the same area, but are quite rare. A powerful predator who fed on wild horses, bison , and Woolly Rhinoceras.

Name: Crocuta crocuta spelaea

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

Location: Carpathian Mountains, Romania