This fossil Cave Bear molar tooth with full root, comes from the extinct giant Cave Bear, Ursus spelaeus of Europe. It is rare as it was found in a cave from the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. The crown and root are complete with a natural luster to the white enamel. The crown shows extensive natural feeding wear greater than typically seen, indicating this was from an old bear.
We have a very limited number of these fossils from a single private collection - the only private collection of Ardennes Forest cave fossils from Belgium we have ever known of, or will ever have since fossil collecting in this area is forbidden and has been for a number of years.
Many years ago, we acquired a collection of cave fossils found in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium. The collection was formed in the 1960's and comprised fossils of predators such as Cave Bear and Cave Hyena, but also fossils of their prey such as Wild Boar. Despite a large part of our business and years of experience being based in Europe, this collection was the single instance ever, we have encountered cave fossils from Belgium! The cave deposit was wet, making the fossil preservation more fragile than usual, requiring the original collector to apply consolidant glue to the fossils in the field, sometimes in a crude manner. The fossils are much whiter in color than those found in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, adding to their uniqueness. For advanced Ice Age collectors, these fossils are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.