KFU scientists found out what animals the bones were found in the cave

after Examining the animal remains found in the cave “Tauris”, the head of the Crimean Federal University came to the conclusion that the largest number of bones belongs to horses: horses Stenone that resembled modern zebras, and a larger mind, close to masbahah horse. Also in the cave lived elephants, bears, saber-toothed cats, and giant bulls ostrich, according to News-Crimea. The discovery of the femur of a giant ostrich Pachystruthio dmanisensis became a sensation. It was the largest flightless bird of Eurasia, weighing over 450 kg and reaching up to 3.5 meters in height.

But the main inhabitants of the cave were still predators who have brought their prey, and the bones are also preserved.

“Apparently, we caught this historic moment, when in a cave near the time lived about three different species of bears. Tentatively we can say that the smallest of the found species of bears — bear Deninger, other, larger animals — his descendants, close to the brown and cave bears. The jaw bone of a saber-toothed tiger cub with milk teeth (this finding was nicknamed Kitten Taurica), we have previously identified as baby Somateria, but now his identity was controversial. Apparently, the Taurica belonged to another, not yet described mind saber-toothed cats”, — said a leading Methodist of the Zoological Museum of KFU them. V. I. Vernadsky Dmitry Startsev.

For some animals managed to determine not only species, but also to count the number of instances. In the cave were found the remains of six to seven elephants, three saber-toothed cats, wolves of two different species, two species of foxes, three or four bears of different types, said service information “News of Sevastopol”.

Text: GTRK Sevastopol