Iena (Hyaena crocuta)
Reconstructive drawing (T. D’Este)

Hyaena crocuta

Well-known carnivorous, it is still present in Africa. Its size resembles those of a wolf dog. It has a large head and a curved back, the hind legs are short and all the front of the body is more developed. This posture makes her take a awkward gait.

It has a powerful jaw and a mighty teeth, which have a essential role to rip the meat and smash the bones. Although it has always been known as a "scavenger" and a carrion eater, it is actually an excellent hunter and therefore feeds on prey that it captures directly.

It appears in Italy about 800,000 years ago, but its remains, bones or coproles, often found in cave deposits, are very frequent especially during  the last glaciation.

Masterpieces of the hall

The hall

Sala Espositiva

Inside the showcases located in the exhibition room, some of the more than 2000 fossil remains, found during excavation and representing the identified species, were placed.

Fossil remains of Zelkova crenata, Tree of Judah and Laurel was discovered in the deposit. Fossil remains of Zelkova leaves are exposed.