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Newfound carnivores of the caveman era


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Geplaatst op 08 januari 2008 - 19:58

Our ancestors had lots of predators and competitors to worry about ó saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and even giant man-eating birds of prey. Now you can add cave bears to that list. These prehistoric giants were roughly a third larger than modern grizzly bears. Previously scientists thought cave bears were just vegetarians, evoking an image of gentle giants that fed solely on berries and roots. Now bones from the Carpathians ó the mountains where Dracula supposedly dwelt ó suggest cave bears could have also been carnivores, and possibly even cannibals.

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Richards, M.P., Pacher, M., Stiller, M., QuilŤs, J., Hofreiter, M., Constantin, S., Zilh„o, J., Trinkaus, E. (2008) Isotopic evidence for omnivory among European cave bears: Late Pleistocene Ursus spelaeus from the Peştera cu Oase, Romania. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA

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