cave bear


Definition of cave bear

: a very large extinct bear (Ursus spelaeus) known especially from Pleistocene deposits in European caves

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Recent Examples on the Web According to the team, the cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) is a prehistoric species or sub-species that lived in Eurasia in the Middle and Late Pleistocene period and became extinct some 15,000 years ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 Melting ice and thawing permafrost have already revealed a colony of mummified penguins, an Ice Age cave bear, ancient cave lion cubs and an extinct baby horse. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Dec. 2020 Most cave bear remains discovered so far have been odd bones and skulls. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Sep. 2020 In fact, most cave bear fossils have been found inside caves, and paleontologists think these bears probably lived in the caves full-time, rather than just popping in for a quick four-month nap. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 14 Sep. 2020 The cave bear carcass presents several opportunities for new research into Ice Age ecosystems. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Sep. 2020 The Ice Age cave bear was found in melting permafrost on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands, which are part of the New Siberian Islands archipelago off northern Russia. James Rogers, Fox News, 16 Sep. 2020 Reindeer herders on the Siberian island of Bolshoy Lyakhovsky recently stumbled across the frozen carcass of a cave bear. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 14 Sep. 2020 The tools and ornaments found alongside modern human remains at Bacho Kiro, such as pendants made of cave bear teeth, closely resemble artifacts from Neanderthal sites in western Europe dated several thousand years later, Hublin tells Science News. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2020

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First Known Use of cave bear

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cave bear was in 1865

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“Cave bear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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