Kirkdale cave

Kirkdale cave

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Caption: Kirkdale cave. Entrance to Kirkdale cave, Yorkshire, England. This cave was explored by the geologist William Buckland in 1821. Inside, he found the fossilised bones of many animals, including elephants and hyenas. Buckland initially interpreted the carnivore and herbivore remains as evidence for the occurrence of Noah's flood. However, after re-examining the bones and observing the feeding of large predators in a zoo, Buckland concluded that the cave had been used as a den by hyenas (Hyaena hyaena) before their extinction in Britain. The piles of bones he found were the remains of animals killed and eaten by the cave's occupants.

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