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[66]). First, from the literature available, ‘bone flutes’ were compiled and reinterpreted herein with new drawings (figure 5 and table 1). We know of at least 36 instances where Neanderthals buried their dead, often with flowers and other items suggesting religious ceremony. Les flûtes paléolithiques: Divje Babe I, Stállóskö, Lokve etc. subsp.) Carnivore puncture holes in cave bear (U. s. subsp. Hyenas and other carnivores are rarely found at the ‘scavenging sites’, including caves and cave bear dens, because they are only found there when they occupied the cave entrances as (a) cub raising, (b) communal or (c) prey depot dens (cf. In two cases, old breakages are demonstrated on refitted femur shafts of cubs (figure 6(10–11)), and one subadult/adult shaft (figure 7(5)); in all cases the fragments have even different colours and were embedded after crushing in different sediment types/layers. Bone work was allowed in the Große Teufels Cave by S. Frühbeißer and was supported by T. Büttner. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, http://www.scholoxy.org/journals/science-chronicles/IceAge_spotted_hyena-article.php, http://www.webster.sk.ca/Greenwich/fl-compl.htm, small cave bear den/Aurignacian camp site, large hyena den at entrance (cub raising, communal den type), large cave bear den (, large cave bear den/Aurignacian camp site, cave bear hunting site, large cave bear den/hyena den at side branch, large cave bear den/short-term hyena den at entrance, large cave bear den/short-term wolf and ?hyena den at entrance, large cave bear den/Aurignacian skull find site, large cave bear den, short-term hyena den at entrance. [28]). helped in the Perick Cave exploration and bone dump work. [1]; figure 1). Unlike the hyena 'chew toys' identified in the study, these flutes show clear evidence of tool work and resemble modern instruments. [13,20,21]), and ‘cave bear bone flutes’ would have been, if such, from modern human layers, in all cases. Whether it is actually a flute created by Neanderthalsis a subject of debate. Divje Babe I. Doubts aired over Neandertal bone ‘flute’. Research has said that a 'Neanderthal flute' found in Slovenia (shown) - believed to be the world's oldest musical instrument - is simply a bone chewed in a cave by a hyena 30,000 years ago. The bone crusher of longbones was only the Ice Age spotted hyena, which produced round/oval puncture marks on cave bear cub bones by the bone crushing premolar teeth, i.e. Microscopic analysis (cf. Such mandibles were crushed always similar with damaging the ramus, or flakes of the lower distal mandible. Herein the bone damage stages 1–3 (1, chewed joint; 2, shaft; 3, fragments) are presented in detail for cave bear femora of cubs, subadult and adult cave bears. Late Middle to Late Pleistocene (Mousterian to Gravettian) Ice Age spotted hyenas of Europe occupied mainly cave entrances as dens (communal/cub raising den types), but went deeper for scavenging into cave bear dens, or used in a few cases branches/diagonal shafts (i.e. A taphonomic study of wild wolf (Canis lupus) modification on horse bones in Northwestern Spain. The research was sponsored by the Private Research Institute PaleoLogic (www.paleologic.eu), which runs the ‘European Ice Age spotted hyena project’. [64]). Neanderthal times) and U. ingressus (largest cave bear, i.e. H.-W. Weber (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Höhle und Karst Hemer e.V.) One more argument for the holes to be of hyena origin (or carnivore tooth mark in general) are the tooth mark hole margins. Brodar [8] reported cave bear cub femora and other cave bear bones ‘with holes’ as further proof of the ‘oldest instruments in the world’ from the Mokriška Jama Cave (or Medvedja Jama Cave=Bear Cave), Slovenia. Prey deposits and den sites of the Upper Pleistocene hyena Crocuta crocuta spelaea (Goldfuss, 1823) in horizontal and vertical caves of the Bohemian Karst (Czech Republic). However, the main ‘bone destructor’ is known to be the European Ice Age spotted hyena [19] (figure 2), with cave bear bone damage first understood at the overlapping hyena den (cave entrance) and cave bear den of the Perick Caves [50–52], with newer proof at Sophie's Cave [21,22], and Hermann's Cave [16] or Zoolithen Cave [18] and herein best demonstrated and newly added for the Weiße Kuhle Cave (figures 3, 4, 6 and 7). [68]). [33,70,71]). Figure 2. (3) Mandible (U. s. eremus) from the Weiße Kuhle Cave of a cub with hyena premolar impact holes (cracking purpose). point de vue des experts et des contestataires. Niko Borish is a Teen Volunteer in the Education Department. : X-ray computed microtomography of the Divje Babe flute. Enter your email address below and we will send you your username, If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to retrieve your username. Such mandibles were crushed always similar with damaging the ramus, or flakes of the lower distal mandible. On the suggested bone flute from Slovenia. partly with spiral breakage, and tooth mark impact marks on the surfaces from the Perick Caves, Germany (PCH collection). The bone was clearly fashioned by man - no other … [24], this indeed would be abnormal for hyenas to try to crush longbones with their canine teeth. This strategy is demonstrated, herein in detail, on cave bear femora destruction (especially material from Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany), which is presented in three stages and for different aged individuals—cubs (less than 1 year), subadults (1–2 years) and adults. Cave bear metapodials from Divje Babe Cve 1. This was a larger cave bear den (cf. Cave bear at the Divje Babe I site: taphonomic-stratigraphics analysis. Also, possibly most herbivorous small U. s. eremus and full herbivorous U. ingressus (e.g. Ichnological and ethological studies in one of Europe's famous bear den in the Urşilor Cave (Carpathians, Romania). This is known due to lack of breakage on most of the cave bear cub femora, which generally show additional diagonal zigzag margins (from chewing joints by scissor teeth of hyenas) or have triangular or smaller scratch tooth marks. Pseudo ‘Neanderthal bone flutes’ of different aged cave bear (U. s. subsp. Herein, even more of such cave bear bones with holes can be added with focus only on the femora (figures 5–7), from German and Romanian cave bear den sites (therefore not limited to Slovenia at all, as mentioned by Turk et al. Cave bear scavenging models in larger cave bear den caves (here Zoolithen Cave, Germany) for all three top predators that hunted, killed and scavenged on cave bears all over Europe within caves in boreal forest palaeoenvironments. Furthermore, the available material was studied on the tooth mark margins and holes under a microscope, which allows identifying in a first step without reflection electron microscopy or X-ray photos possibly drill or stone tool scratch marks. The Aurignacian lithic material appears also together with cave bear remains [25]. Introduction 2.1 First ‘bone flute descriptions’. From the literature, new interpretations were made of the sites in the archaeological content (Neanderthal versus Aurignacian sites), and overlap in carnivore den use (hyena/wolf den—always at entrance areas) and identification as small to large cave bear dens (figure 1 and table 1). Rose Kelleher lives in Maryland. These early humans fashioned flutes out of vulture bones and mammoth ivory about 40,000 years ago. Using all these strange presentations by Turk et al. Die ‘Neanderthalerflote’ von Divje-Babe: Eine Revolution in der Musikgeschichte? Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License Figure 5. tooth with rubbed or damaged tip or slight impact (PAL collection). In a first stage, one of the joints (damage stage 1), and in a second step (damage stage 2) the other joint was cut off using the scissor-dentition on very small-sized femora (figure 5(1)), which becomes more diagonal (i.e. By B. Bower. The Neanderthal flute of Divje Babe In 1995, Ivan Turk and his team discovered the oldest known flute in a bear cave called Divje Babe (‘wild woman’). The perforated bone, found in an Eastern European cave, represents a flute made and played by Neandertals at least 43,000 ye us ago, the scientists contended. figure 2). [1,7,9], or deeper in caves due to cave bear hunt [23]. (2) Single probably canine impact of a large carnivore (lion, hyena) on a cub skull (large cave bear form U. ingressus) from the Große Teufels Cave, Germany. Biomechanically the bone shaft (nearly conical cross section) cracks because of pressure on three sides (crushing triangle premolars). diagonal cut) with increasing femur sizes (figures 5–7). impact circles, cf. (12) Cub coxa from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany. A study in Royal Society Open Science says that so called 'Neanderthal bone flutes' are no more than the damaged bones of cave bear cubs left by scavengers during the Ice Age. Using cave-bear bone accumulations to assess the Divje Babe I bone ‘flute’. map in [19]). (1) Cub skull (small cave bear form U. spelaeus eremus) from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany, which was scavenged strongly on the left side. Hyenas produced round–oval puncture marks in cub femora only by the bone-crushing premolar teeth of both upper and lower jaw. [9,10]). Therefore, all other top predators—except hyenas—can be excluded, at least for the round–oval punctures in cave bear longbone shafts. It's possible that Neanderthals may still have got their groove on by clapping their hands or slapping their bodies (still better than modern pop music), but there is no evidence that they actually created musical instruments. Adult femora have no puncture marks, because those directly flaked into pieces. If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to reset your password. No such cut/drill marks were found within the herein figured material. Extinctions of Late Ice Age cave bears as result of climate/habitat change and large carnivore lion/hyena/wolf predation stress in Europe. (a) Dorsal, (b) lateral, (c) detail of tooth mark hole (GTCP collection). Time travelers have gone back in time and watched Neanderthals play the bone flute on a full diatonic scale. and U. ingressus) cub femora (less than 1 year individual age) from various European large cave bear den sites. It is broken at both ends, with two complete holes and what may be the incomplete remains of one hole at each end, meaning that the bone may have had four or more hole… [25]; figure 5(4)), where also Neanderthal Mousterian layers were believed to be present [26], was declared twice incorrectly as the ‘oldest instrument’, a 43 140 BP old ‘Neanderthal flute’ from layer 8 [26,27] (figure 5(4)). During regular archaeological excavations several flutes, that date to the European Upper Paleolithic have been discovered in caves in the Swabian Alb region of Germany. Mokriška jama, nova visokoalpska aurignaška postaja v Jugoslaviji. Subadult cave bear femora initially flaked (femur from Hermann's Cave, Germany). On cub femora, which are not well calcified and elastic-spongious in the compacta, hyenas produced in many cases only holes with their premolar bone crushing teeth (mainly P3) due to unsuccessful bone crushing (femur from Oase Cave, Romania). Like the bone flute discovered in Slovenia last year, the 50,000-year-old tuba predates the presence of anatomically modern humans in Europe. This bone fragment was perforated with four round holes whose shape and alignment strongly suggested that it was, indeed, the remnant of a Neanderthal wind instrument. Studied and from literature compiled cave bear, hyena, wolf den sites with pseudo-bone flutes (i.e. Five cheetahs versus a brown hyena? Actually, some remains had been found earlier, but not recognised as a separate species from us. [65]) restudy of the bone excluded Ice Age hyenas, arguing with ‘abnormal biting or chewing behaviour using their canine teeth’ (cf. Even the puncture marks in the upper shaft area are visible, demonstrating the scavenging/bone cracking activities also in the Divje Babe Cave 1, similar to that found in German caves (cf. Small parallel rectangular scratches on the pseudo-bone flute of Divje Babe Cave 1 were misinterpreted as cut marks (cf. Puncture marks of premolar teeth are only present in cub femur bones, owing to slight phosphatic calcification of the shaft. Table 1.Studied and from literature compiled cave bear, hyena, wolf den sites with pseudo-bone flutes (i.e. Puncture holes are produced by canines (in cranium), whereas the breakage of the left mandible is the result of hyena premolar cracking teeth. Neither carnivores nor cave bears (herbivorous) used their canine teeth to crush longbones, or any other bones. Jelle Atema is a Professor of Biology and Adjunct Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. My thanks to Rose for “Neanderthal Bone Flute” and the accompanying observations. Punctured extinct cave bear femora were misidentified in southeastern Europe (Hungary/Slovenia) as ‘Palaeolithic bone flutes’ and the ‘oldest Neanderthal instruments’. figure 2). In stage 3, subadult cave bear femora already started to crush, which is demonstrated from at least one example from Hermann's Cave (figure 5(6)). Potočka zijalka: visokoalpska postaja aurignacienskih lovcev (Potočka zijalka—eine hochalpine Aurignacienjäger-Station). (6) Femur from Hermann's Cave, Germany (photos adapted from [16]; RC collection). Also, this is a large cave bear den which had again an Aurignacian camp site at the entrance, and again no Neanderthal occupation at all (cf. Therefore, the ‘pseudo-bone flutes’ originate from both smaller Ursus spelaeus subsp. Experimental manufacture of the bone flute of with stone tools. (7–11) Cub tibiae from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany. Such antagonistic tooth marks are found often at different medium-sized hyena prey bones including their own species femora or even Neanderthal femora [19,20], also documented in the modern actualistic spotted hyena bone accumulation record [61–63]. The tomography (cf. Indeed, neither hyenas, modern nor extinct, nor any carnivores mentioned use canines for ‘bone crushing’ (e.g. Enter your email address below and we will send you the reset instructions. : The Divje Babe specimen and the diatonic scale. The impact marks are two types: (a) full and deep into the spongiosa, i.e. Remains of large mammals from Divje Babe I its stratigraphy, taxonomy and biometry. [2,3]) and Late Palaeolithic Aurignacian (not Neanderthal) used rock shelter camp site at the entrance (cf. Cutting off the joints is recognized in all age classes of cave bears. (a) Dorsal, (b) lateral, (c) detail of lateral tooth mark holes (produced by carnivore canines, best fitting to hyenas or lions) (PAL collection). The only absolute date was made solely on a cave bear bone, the ‘bone flute’, whose age would date into the Neanderthal or ‘cave bear den’ time period. In total, holes are ventral (7×), dorsal (3×) and in five cases on both sides. []; figure 1).In this cave, cave bear … and U. ingressus) longbones (humerus, radius, tibia) and pelvic and pedal bones by top predator (lions, leopards, hyenas and wolves) canine and mainly premolar hyena teeth. [4,16,19–21,72]). Finally, also X-rays of the ‘bone flute’ hole margins did not verify any ‘drilling’ nor any stone tool work on the bone (cf. The femora of subadult cave bears are intermediate in damage patterns, compared to the adult ones, which were fully crushed to pieces. Todkopf calls it a "Neanderthal tuba." Die Pleistozäne Höhlenfundstelle Potočka Zijalka. At these times, different cave bear subspecies Ursus spelaeus subsp. In August 1856 the specimen that was to become known as Neanderthal 1 was discovered in the Neander Valley, Germany. In this contribution, not only sole carnivore damage can be demonstrated on all previously published ‘pseudo-bone flutes’, which were already revised in some cases [4,16] (figure 2). Drilled holes were produced experimentally for a reconstruction of a ‘cave bear cub bone flute’ (cf. ", Budding naturalist and bird nerd, Ian holds the digital fort at Earth Touch. Carved from the femur of a juvenile cave bear some 43,000 years ago, the bone fragment contains circular punctures believed to be finger holes, forming a primitive flute. There are two things we can all agree on, though: we hope someday to uncover the true origin of the Divje Babe bone flute, and musical instruments certainly rank among the greatest inventions of members of the genus Homo. Which hyena (lion and wolf) teeth are responsible for what kind of tooth marks and bone damage on cave bear bone femora and other few selected cranial and postcranial material is refigured composed of several studies [18–22] (figure 2). In 1995, archeologist Ivan Turk of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts found the approximately 43,100-year-old cave bear femur at the Divje Babe site near a Mousterian hearth. Tooth mark types, shapes and especially their positions on both sides of the shaft ends, or the middle part, were identified as the antagonistic upper and lower jaw tooth marks of hyenas. (3) Femur from Sophie's Cave, Germany (photos adapted from [22]; SMM collection). Adult femora have no puncture marks, because those directly flaked into pieces.Download figureOpen in new tabDownload powerPoint. diagonal cut) can be reconstructed, and where lower and upper jaw premolar teeth and their antagonistic tooth mark impact holes fit exactly to the hyena skull dentition. Excavation in the cave Divje Babe I, where the Neanderthal flute was found (Wikipedia) In 2008, another discovery was made – a bone flute in the Hohle Fels cave near Ulm in Germany dating back 43,000 years. This unusual musical instrument, neither a flute nor a whistle, was cemented near the remains of a 50,000 – 60,000 years old Neanderthal fire pit, made from the thigh bone of a young cave bear into which the Neanderthal drilled three holes and made a sharpened rim for the mouthpiece using tools made of bone and stone. Because it has the characteristics of a flute, he dubbed it a Neanderthal flute. No contest. Cave bear killers and scavengers from the last ice age of central Europe: feeding specializations in response to the absence of mammoth steppe fauna from mountainous regions. Login with Gmail. Paleolitska koščena piščalka iz Divijih Bab I. [27]) declared the femur of a young cave bear (‘bone flute’) probably to be pierced by the ‘bears themselves’ also uncritically repeated incorrectly by others (cf. The final proof of holes in femur shafts comes from the crushed and flaked specimens (figure 6(8–14)), which are documented herein for the first time within a cave bear den. The figured ‘bone flutes’ of Divje Babe Cave 1, Mokriška Jama Cave and all other Slovenian ‘pseudo-bone flutes’ are housed in the National Museum in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Hungary (NMLS). also carnivore fauna in [25]) are none, because as ignored in intensive cave bear den cave site taphonomy studies of Europe, the models of presence and absence of any large predator are well known [4,13,18,19,23]. ‘bone flute holes’ (composed and adapted from [4,14,15,22,23]; illustrations G. Teichmann). Did Neanderthals play music? These are not instruments, nor human made, but products of the most important cave bear scavengers of Europe, hyenas. (1) Cub skull (small cave bear form U. spelaeus eremus) from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany, which was scavenged strongly on the left side. Figure 4. Late Pleistocene leopards across Europe—most northern European population, highest elevated records in the Alps, complete skeletons in the Dinarids and comparison to the Ice Age cave art. [69], those seem to exclude even cannibalism within U. a. arctos. [22,61,67]; figure 2). The material was found in a limestone quarry near Düsseldorf. I guess that it's not surprising that there's rather a lot of uncertainty regarding Neanderthal artifacts. Studied and referred Late Pleistocene (MIS3–5d) European cave sites with ‘Palaeolithic cave bear pseudo-bone flutes’, and compared cave bear dens with hyena influence (hyena palaeobiogeography of 150 sites [4]).Download figureOpen in new tabDownload powerPoint. DOUBTS AIRED OVER NEANDERTHAL BONE 'FLUTE' (AND REPLY BY MUSICOLOGIST BOB FINK) Science News 153 (April 4, 1998): 215. With increasing calcification of the shaft compacta, spiral breakage and sometimes back flaking patterns occur. (2) Proximally chewed and punctured femur joint of a subadult cave bear (U. s. spelaeus or U. ingressus) from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany. Hyenas left, therefore, ‘pseudo-bone flutes’ during the Late Middle to Late Pleistocene all over Europe in cave bear dens, and on different cave bear species/subspecies. [2,3]) and Late Palaeolithic Aurignacian (not Neanderthal) used rock shelter camp site at the entrance (cf. Continuous documentation of destruction stages of cave bear (U.s. subsp. punctured cave bear cub femora), and overlap of Late Palaeolithic Aurignacian camp sites at the cave entrances, or cave bear hunt signs deep in caves. Material studies of the Zoolithen Cave were allowed by PD Dr O. Hampe (Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität Berlin), whereas cave exploration and bone work in the cave was mainly supervised by M. Conrad (Fränkische Höhlen- und Karst Forscher). Stages of cave bear femur destruction by Ice Age spotted hyena. (4) Femur from Divje Babe Cave 1—‘the Neanderthal bone flute holotype’, Slovenia (photos from NMLS collection). Other authors doubted the ‘flute’ and human origin however (e.g. The main and strongest impulse of the crush comes from the most powerful upper P3. and U. ingressus). Cave bear killers, scavengers between the Scandinavian and Alpine ice shields—the last hyenas and cave bears in antagonism—and the reason why cave bears hibernated deeply in caves. Neanderthal flute from Divje Babe I: old and new findings. subsp.) Several cave bear dens were studied, as well as larger bone collections (figure 1 and table 1). In this cave, cave bear hunts by Cro-Magnon humans seem to be indicated on a cave bear shoulder blade pathology (large diagonal impact hole, partly healed diagonal hole) that seems to have been made by a probable Mladeč projectile bone point [5]. These instruments are easy to play. This unusual musical instrument, neither a flute nor a whistle, was cemented near the remains of a 50.000 – 60.000 years old Neanderthal fire pit, made from the thigh bone of a young cave bear into which the Neanderthal drilled three holes and made a sharpened rim for the mouthpiece using tools made of bone and stone. These are not present on the bone shafts, as fang teeth of hyenas (or any other carnivore) are never used to crack longbones (e.g. Although the Divje Babe bone does date back to Neanderthal times, the study points out that several other artefacts similar to it do not. ‘Pseudo-bone flutes’ are not in Middle Palaeolithic archaeological, but of Late Palaeolithic and cave bear den context with large carnivore influence. ribs, humeri and jaws) were compiled and studied by the ethnologist/musician Omerzel-Telep [11], without any natural science, nor palaeozoology background, especially the important ecology of cave bears and their predators/scavengers, non-human top predators of the Ice Age and the wide distribution of cave bear den caves in Europe (cf. This explains why puncture marks are found only in cub (less 1 year) femora, and partly in subadults, whereas they are absent completely in adults, because hyenas cracked those bones into pieces with the premolar triangle teeth (i.e. There, where they are dated absolutely (Divje Babe Cave 1) are without archaeological context at all, and simply of cave bear den use during the MIS 3–5d. (i.e. A studied ulna of a cave bear at the site is one of the best examples of bone crushing by hyena premolar teeth. Only hyenas have developed a carcass destruction and butchery strategy, also for cave bears. There, damage on cave bear bones is now well known and reported in several publications (e.g. Indeed, some are naturally weather-cracked. S. Stevens did the spell-check of the first draft, whereas the illustrations are from G. Teichmann. And there's a scientist nearby to record the shame for all the world to see. [39,40]). partly with spiral breakage, and tooth mark impact marks on the surfaces from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany (PAL collection). [24], because the distal ends were already said to have ‘carnivore damage’ [44]. Ethnologist/musicians created then a wave of ‘cave bear bone instruments’ based solely on ‘holes in bones’ (compiled in [11]), from all kinds of carnivore punctured cave bear bones, even other than femora. You, our viewers, are passionate about these stories we tell. List of fossil faunal remains from Potočka zijalka (Slovenia). (eremus or spelaeus) and the large U. ingressus, and from mountainous regions, where Ice Age spotted hyenas were around all over Europe (cf. [3,4,16,18–21,51,56]; figure 2). The dentition is very heterodont in those specialized mammals (cf. Is a cave bear bone from Divje Babe, Slovenia, a Neanderthal flute? (5) Shaft of a subadult (large cave bear U. ingressus) with distally cracked parts (all found in the cave close to each other with old fractures) from the Weiße Kuhle Cave, Germany, cranial (PAL collection). Razprave IV. eremus (smallest cave bear) and spelaeus (i.e. Rose’s poems have appeared in many online and print journals, including Anon, Anti-, The Dark Horse, and The … One Neanderthal grave also contained a small bone flute. To those non-Slovenian/Hungarian (where bone flutes were thought only to be found) sites belong the Romanian Urşilor Cave and Oase Cave. Aurignacian/Gravettian times) used caves all over Europe for cub raising and hibernation. All former archaeological, ecological focus cave bear ‘bone flute’ studies forgot all four cave bear predators—steppe lions (Panthera leo spelaea), leopards (Panthera pardus spelaea), Ice Age spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta spelaea) and Ice Age wolves (Canis lupus spelaeus)—which are known now to be cave bear killers, and main consumers in mountain regions, where mammoth steppe megafauna were absent [4,18–21]. (3) Mandible (U. s. eremus) from the Weiße Kuhle Cave of a cub with hyena premolar impact holes (cracking purpose). Amazing, right? At a few cave sites in Europe, hunting of cave bears with propulsory spears is documented for the Aurignacians–Gravettians [5,22,23,57]. [24]; see figures 1, 5–7 and table 1). [24]), which attributed possible ‘holes’ to ‘canines’, which was contradictory to several arguments by Turk et al. The cave bear bones with round–oval, larger puncture marks can be well attributed solely to the main cave bear scavenger of Europe—the Ice Age spotted hyena Crocuta crocuta spelaea. Cave bear scavenging models in larger cave bear den caves (here Zoolithen Cave, Germany) for all three top predators that hunted, killed and scavenged on cave bears all over Europe within caves in boreal forest palaeoenvironments. [42]). Fink [30,31] declared then to the top of this, without natural scientific studies, that the hole spacing matched a ‘diatonic scale sequence, among the most widespread scales known’—which underlines, also contradictory, that this is not of human origin. 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