Rare to have come from the famous Dragons Cave (Drachenhohle) in Austria, this is a Cave Bear fossil molar tooth WITH FULL ROOT, from the extinct giant Cave Bear, Ursus spelaeus of Europe. A unique feature is the evidence of tooth decay on the crown as seen by the enormous cavity!
Acquired from a private Dutch collection formed over 40 years ago, this tooth was originally collected from the famous Dragons Cave (Drachenhohle) in Austria, considered to be one of Europe's most famous Cave Bear fossil deposits. Cave Bear fossils from this deposit are much more scarce than Romanian or Siberian fossils as the site has been protected for many decades and collecting has been forbidden since that time. Recommended for anyone wanting a RARE fossil of this classic beast of Europe's Final ice Age, coming from one of the most famous cave bear fossil sites in the world.
The world famous Dragons Cave (Drachenhohle) in Austria is famous for its deposits of what are believed to be nearly 30,000 cave bear skeletal remains! The earliest evidence of human prehistoric occupation in Austria is also found in the cave where stone tools and hearths have been dated from 67,000 to 33,000 years ago. The cave got its name around the turn of the last century when locals dug the cave floor for a resource of fertilizer from the large build-up of bat dung over the centuries. In the course of digging, many cave bear bones were discovered but since the cave bear was extinct and not known about at the time, villagers believed the bones to be from dragons, hence the name. The site is an enormous cave and has been closed and protected to any digging for some time. You cannot even enter the cave without a tour guide today. Fossils from this cave are rare and no other cave in the world is known so famously for its cave bear fossil deposits as this site.