There were times, too, when faced by a mighty cave bear, a saber-toothed tiger, or huge felis spelaea, black-maned and terrible, even my powerful rifle seemed pitifully inadequate--but fortune favored me so that I passed unscathed through adventures that even the recollection of causes the short hairs to bristle at the nape of my neck.
From behind my boulder I threw up the heavy express rifle--a mighty engine of destruction that might bring down a cave bear or a mammoth at a single shot--and let drive at the Sagoth's broad, hairy breast.
His kind roamed the outer crust with the cave bear
and the mammoth ages and ages ago.
Witness underground lakes, waterfalls, vast colourful rock formations, all of which have been transformed by the stunning decorations put up by the Cave Bears
In the Ice Valley Experience visitors can take a trek through glaciers surrounded by snow and get up close to the Co Meath theme park's resident mammoths, cave bears
, saber-toothed cats and giant Irish deer.
Prehistoric mammals are also represented from the earliest forms through to the megafauna of the Ice Ages, including the mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, cave bears
, cave hyenas and wild horses.
Genetic evidence indicates that Neandertals' numbers fell around that time, and other European predators, such as cave bears
, similarly started a slide toward extinction 40,000 years ago.
The cave also includes remnants and prints of ancient animals, including those of large cave bears
that are believed to have hibernated at the site.
40,000 years ago, cave bears
, lions, woolly rhinos and woolly mammoths roamed the mountains of Transylvania trying to eat each other.
Prehistoric Autopsy will be followed next year by Ice Age, which uses dramatic CGI technology to bring to life the giant megafauna - sabre-toothed cats, cave bears
and mastodons - that inhabited Europe, Asia and North America until the end of the Pleistocene, which started six million years ago.
The necessity of such precautions becomes apparent, however, once the film offers its first glimpse inside the cave--a dark wonderland of luminescent stalactites, the ground strewn with ancient pawprints and the skulls of long-extinct cave bears
Over-hunting was also blamed for the extinction of woolly rhinoceros, mastodons, cave bears
and other mammals.