1812 Cuvier Cave bear & extant bear skull

1812 Cuvier Cave bear & extant bear skull

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bear skulls of living and extinct species, engraving in Cuvier's "Ossamens Fossiles" (1812). Cuvier, the master of comparative anatomy, referenced modern species with extinct fossils to reveal their affinities and differences. In this section Cuvier examines the modern bear species with reference the extinct Eurasian cave bear Ursus spelaeus.

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Keywords: anatomy, bear, black bear, brown bear, cave bear, comparative, crania, cranium, cuvier, dentition, europe, extinct, fossil, omnivore, ossamens, skull, spaeleus, spelaeus, ursus

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