Cave lion exploitation by ancient humans might have contributed to their extinction
Upper Palaeolithic humans may have hunted cave lions for their pelts, perhaps contributing to their extinction, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Marián Cueto from the Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, and colleagues.
|Structures of the Zone IV from the Lower Gallery of La Garma |
[Credit: Pedro Saura]
|Cave lion distal phalanxes from the Lower Gallery of La Garma |
[Credit: Marián Cueto et al. PLOS]
While the analysis is not definitive evidence that Upper Palaeolithic humans exploited cave lions for their pelts, the authors speculate that human hunting of cave lions, perhaps as part of ritual activities, might have been a factor in cave lion extinction.
Source: PLOS [October 26, 2016]