Cave hyena vertebrae

In 1839 workmen excavating limestone at Bench Quarry near Brixham unearthed Ice Age cave animal remains. Yet it wasn’t until quarrying resumed in 1861 that they came to the attention of William Pengelly. By this time the previously ‘incurious’ workmen realised the financial value of the fossils. The presence of very young hyena bones suggests this was a natal den site.

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Northern Europe
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cave hyena vertebrae
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fossil: mammal
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HYAENIDAE: Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Goldfuss): cave hyena