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  Crocuta crocula (Kirkdale Cave Hyena)
 
 
   
 
 
reference VERT964
name Crocuta crocula (Kirkdale Cave Hyena)
age Pleistocene, Ipswichian, Cave deposit
size Length of Canine 40mm
location Kirkdale Cave, Kirkby Moorside, N Yorkshire
weight 4gms
   
description  
This canine tooth comes from the spotted hyena which lived in North Yorkshire before the ice age. This specimen is from Kirkdale Cave which is probably the most classic locality in Europe. This cave was discovered by workmen in 1821 and was found to contain fossilised bones of a variety of mammals not currently found in Great Britain, including Hippopotamus, the farthest North any such remains have been found. These fossilised remains were made famous when William Buckland analysed the contents in December 1821 and he determined that the bones were the reamins brought into the cave by hyena's who were using the cave as their den and not as a result of biblical flood floating animal remains as had first been thought. This is an extremely rare and historic specimen from a very old victorian collection.
 
 
 
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