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DISEASED CAVE BEAR VERTEBRA WITH 'BITE' MARK. - PLEISTOCENE, ITALY.
DISEASED CAVE BEAR VERTEBRA WITH 'BITE' MARK. - PLEISTOCENE, ITALY. DISEASED CAVE BEAR VERTEBRA WITH 'BITE' MARK. - PLEISTOCENE, ITALY. DISEASED CAVE BEAR VERTEBRA WITH 'BITE' MARK. - PLEISTOCENE, ITALY. DISEASED CAVE BEAR VERTEBRA WITH 'BITE' MARK. - PLEISTOCENE, ITALY.
 

DISEASED CAVE BEAR VERTEBRA WITH 'BITE' MARK. - PLEISTOCENE, ITALY.


Ursus spelaeus Rosenmuller & Heinroth.

Cave bear vertebra with a very distinct 1.2 cm long narrow but deep gash made by the tooth of a predator. Almost certainly from a large cat (Lion or Leopard). Parts of the vertebra particularly the ends of the zygophophysis exhibit some sort of bone pathology with large porous cavities. The fact that the bear had some sort of disease must have made it an easy target for a hungry  big cat. Superb example.

Pleistocene, Devensian.
Basura, Toirano, Northern Italy.

vertebra : 7 x 6 x 7 cm.



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