Unquestionably, one of the rarest apex predator fossils skulls we have seen of the European Ice Age megafauna, this "holy grail" fossil is available for purchase now on our website (see profile). This Ursus arctos (European Brown Bear) fossil skull was retrieved at a depth of 23 meters below the surface by a river gravel dredge in Central Europe, simultaneously collected with Megaloceros, Woolly Mammoth and Woolly Rhinoceros fossils. It was found as shown with all orginal dentition and has not been repaired or restored in any way. @paleodirect
The dangerous popular celebrities of Europes final Ice Age are the Cave Lion, Cave Hyena and Cave Bear but what most do not realize is that there was a fourth danger if you were human - Ursus arctos. The Brown Bear shared the same notoriety as being one beast to avoid if you wanted to stay alive in prehistory. Ursus arctos went on to survive into the Holocene but the fossils are so rare, even in museums, that the general public overlooks this deadly apex predator of the European Pleistocene.