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Early humans hunted Eurasian cave lions for their furs

Early humans from the Upper Palaeolithic era hunted cave lions – one of the largest species of lions to have lived - for their furs, scientists have said. This practice may have contributed to the demise of the animals’ demise and they became extinct some 14,000 years ago. The team from the University of Cantabria in Spain worked in a cave known as La Garma in the north of the country, where they recovered remains of one lion. The bones looked like they had been modified by stone tools. Cutting marks suggest humans had skinned the lion using a technique similar to the one used by modern hunters. The scientists say that after having been skinned, it is possible that the lion’s pelt lay on the floor of the cave.

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