Land of the Cave Bear

Series 1 - Episode 2 Land of the Cave Bear

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More caves this week, since they are where Ice Age relics seem to be best preserved. Alice Roberts visits one in Romania where the now extinct European cave bear used to hibernate – the walls still show their claw marks, amazingly, and the sunken pits are full of bones. To conjure up a picture, the CGI wizards create a scene where a cave lion (25 per cent bigger than the modern African kind, apparently) takes on one of the bears within the cave – something the remains suggest may have happened one winter’s day in 40,000 BC.

Other astonishing sights include an entire woolly rhinoceros preserved by the Siberian permafrost. It was some beast.


Alice Roberts explains what the remains of mammals reveal about how they fared in cold climates. In Transylvanian caves, she discovers evidence of a conflict between a cave bear and a lion, both of which became victims of a deep freeze that swept across Europe, while in Siberia she finds that the well-preserved remains of a female woolly rhinoceros demonstrate it was perfectly evolved to face the bitter conditions in Yakutsk - the coldest city on Earth. Alice also travels to a Jersey cave, where archaeological findings shed light on how Ice Age human beings and Neanderthals fashioned stone tools to hunt mammoths.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Alice Roberts
Producer Tim Walker
Series Producer Paul Bradshaw