Ancient bear bones found in Gádor

Fossilised remains in mountain cave confirm bears roamed province thousands of years ago

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Professor Martínez-Navarro on site at one of his recent excavations

By Emma Randle

Bones found in a cave in the Sierra de Gador have been identified as those of a bear, proving for the first time that bears lived in the province between 250,000 and 8,000 years ago.

The discovery was made by eminent palaeontologist Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro, after he was asked to accompany an expedition to check out remains first uncovered by local cavers more than 30 years ago.

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