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European Ice Age Fossilized Extinct Cave Hyena Skull
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Eurasia (from the Iberian Peninsula to Siberia), Middle to Late Pleistocene, ca. 500,000 to 11,000 years ago, probably from later in the period. A fascinating fossilized skull from the extinct cave hyena, also known as the Ice Age spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta spelaea). It is displayed so that the mandible is articulated, allowing you to move the incredibly powerful jaw - these animals ate everything from reindeer and horses to woolly rhinos, accumulating their bones and horns in their cave dens. In Siberia, they also ate cave bears! Note the heavy nature of the skull, reinforced for the hyena's rough life of hunting animals larger than itself and contending with neighboring predators - notably wolves. Although their DNA is not significantly different from modern hyenas, cave hyenas were considerably larger than their modern ancestors. Size: 11.5" W x 11" H (29.2 cm x 27.9 cm)

Our own ancestors encountered cave hyenas and depicted them in cave art, as at Chauvet Cave and Lascaux. Archaeologists also found an atlatl weight carved of mammoth ivory in the form of a crouched hyena, perhaps meant to depict the animal stalking its prey, in the La Madeleine rock shelter, dating ca. 12000-17000 years old.

Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA

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Condition
Repaired and restored from multiple pieces. This is well done and generally unobtrusive, although some adhesive is visible along one side of the snout. Small losses, but overall the piece is mostly intact and roughly 90% original material. Almost all teeth are present. The mandible is affixed to the skull with thick wire in order to allow the jaw to move as in life.
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European Ice Age Fossilized Extinct Cave Hyena Skull

Estimate $5,000 - $7,500
Oct 03, 2019
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Starting Price $2,500
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0113A: European Ice Age Fossilized Extinct Cave Hyena Skull

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Est. $5,000 - $7,500Starting Price $2,500
Exceptional Day 2 Pre-Columbian, Ethnographic
Oct 03, 2019 10:00 AM EDT
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Lot 0113A Details

Description
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Eurasia (from the Iberian Peninsula to Siberia), Middle to Late Pleistocene, ca. 500,000 to 11,000 years ago, probably from later in the period. A fascinating fossilized skull from the extinct cave hyena, also known as the Ice Age spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta spelaea). It is displayed so that the mandible is articulated, allowing you to move the incredibly powerful jaw - these animals ate everything from reindeer and horses to woolly rhinos, accumulating their bones and horns in their cave dens. In Siberia, they also ate cave bears! Note the heavy nature of the skull, reinforced for the hyena's rough life of hunting animals larger than itself and contending with neighboring predators - notably wolves. Although their DNA is not significantly different from modern hyenas, cave hyenas were considerably larger than their modern ancestors. Size: 11.5" W x 11" H (29.2 cm x 27.9 cm)

Our own ancestors encountered cave hyenas and depicted them in cave art, as at Chauvet Cave and Lascaux. Archaeologists also found an atlatl weight carved of mammoth ivory in the form of a crouched hyena, perhaps meant to depict the animal stalking its prey, in the La Madeleine rock shelter, dating ca. 12000-17000 years old.

Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#149618
Condition
...
Repaired and restored from multiple pieces. This is well done and generally unobtrusive, although some adhesive is visible along one side of the snout. Small losses, but overall the piece is mostly intact and roughly 90% original material. Almost all teeth are present. The mandible is affixed to the skull with thick wire in order to allow the jaw to move as in life.

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