FLORENCE MUSEUM PHOTOS

PACHYCROCUTA BREVIROSTRIS
SPECIES:Pachycrocuta brevirostris
LOCATION: Florence Museum of Natural History, Florence, Italy
DATE OF TRAVEL: July 1999

Here is an excpert from a museum brochure describing this unique exhibit:

"Two outlines of hyaena introduce to the exhibit. The 'smallest' depicts the present-day spotted hyaena (Crocuta crocuta), which can weigh some 80 kgs; the large one is the reconstruction of the fossil hyaena Pachycrocuta brevirostris, main 'character' of the exhibit. It is apparent that its size was remarkable and its head larger than that of an extant lion.

(In the first panel) there is a display of the fossil remains of some of the animals found at Poggiorosso with reconstructions of their possible aspect in life. In the second panel (of the exhibit) the tecniques used to unearth and collect the fossil material from the quarry are represented. The central panel is a sketch reproducing the great fossilferous block in display at the center of the hill (see above photo). The final display is totally dedicated to Pachycrocuta bervirostris and in particular to the evidence left on the bones by this predator. This evidence is compared with the traces left by present-day hyaens on the bones of their prey, in order to show why the bone accumulation was attributed to the activity of these carnivores.


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