Sunday, October 9, 2011

Bear Cave, Romania

Cori sent me this postcard from Romania of Bear Cave.

The cave was discovered in 1975, by "Speodava", an amateur speleologist group, and is considered to be an interesting site-seeing location.

The cave was named as it was found to contain numerous complete skeletons of extinct Cave Bears, a species of large animal which disappeared more than 15,000 years ago. It is suggested that a rock slide closed the entrance to the cave whilst 140 of these animals were still inside; deprived of food, the bears resorted to killing each other until none remained. Bear fossils were found in many parts of the cave, most sporting the marks of bear teeth.

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