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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Russian researchers will study the unique cemetery of cave lions in Bashkiria


From 11 July to 15 August this year a group of Russian specialists will carry out in the Republic of Bashkortostan excavations on the site of the only place in the world of mass accumulations of the remains of cave lions. Unique “cemetery” was discovered last year in the cave And in the national Park “Bashkiria”.


photo: Kirill Iskoldsky

As told to researcher of the Institute of ecology of plants and animals, Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dmitry Gimranov, last year in the cave has already been discovered the remains of ten cave lions, of which nine were males and one female. Thus to extract from the earth today was only half of fossil finds, therefore, 11 Jul relevant work will be continued. Experts also note that in the same cave may be the bones of Neanderthals.

The bone age, which already failed to find, is up to 200 thousand years, but overall his assessment is very approximate. To solve this issue, the remains sent for radiocarbon analysis. The found fragments, the scientists have managed to fully reconstruct the skull of one of the ancient Lviv. As it turned out, it reached approximately 50 inches in length, this means that the predator was about one and a half times larger than the modern African lion. Only the cave was discovered about 500 fragments of the skeletons of prehistoric predators, and also stone tools of ancient people.

Experts point out that earlier in one country of the world mass graves cave lions could be located. Surprising fact of the existence of such “graveyard”, according to the researchers, as lions are animals-singles.

According to one version, cave lions, similar to those found in the cave And died out relatively recently — about ten thousand years ago. In that period was completed the last date in Earth’s history of major glaciation.

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