ANCIENT Neanderthals may have ambushed huge bears just as they were waking from hibernation – then stolen their caves.
“These cave bears were hunted and butchered by Neanderthals,” says lead author Marco Peresani at the University of Ferrara, Italy.
Peresani and his colleagues have excavated the Rio Secco and Fomane caves in northern Italy. They have analysed more than 1,700 bones, most of which belong to about 50 cave bears that lived 50,000 to 43,000 years ago.
Cave bears dominated …