Bears Cave, Chiscau, Romania

The cave bear was a species of bear that lived in Europe during the Pleistocene and became extinct at the beginning of the Last Glacial Maximum, about 27,500 years ago.

Both the name “cave” and the scientific name spelaeus derive from the fact that fossils of this species were mostly found in caves, indicating this species spent more time in caves than the brown bear, which only uses caves for hibernation. Consequently, in the course of time, whole layers of bones, almost entire skeletons, were found in many caves.

Bears’ Cave is located in Bihor County, Romania and is considered one of the most thrilling places in the area. It was discovered in 1975 and is known for its incredible stalagmite and stalactite formations, as well as for its 140 Cave Bear fossils  which can be found here. The Bears’ Cave has over 1,5 kilometers in length, 521 meters of which are reserved for scientific research.

The story says that while 140 bears were inside the cave, something caused a rock to block the cave entrance and so the bears were trapped inside. Bear fossils were discovered and are still there today,

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