Ideas and Evidence in Science: The Kirkdale Cave

Evidence E - hyena jawbone

Points for students to consider:

This is a photograph of a hyena jawbone discovered in the cave.

Some students may identify it as a tiger jawbone, which is similar in shape, though the jaw bone does not exactly match any of the bones from modern day animals.


The second image shows examples of human jawbones and those of other animals.


This piece of evidence may lead students to begin developing further questions regarding the differences between animals, or to want to closely examine additional jawbones found in the cave to correctly identify them.

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