The bear remains found are on show at the new "Museum Ladin Ursus Ladinicus
", where a permanent exhibition enables the visitor to learn more of many aspects of the distant past of the Dolomites, and opens up fascinating pages on the prehistoric age. The museum is a branch of the Museum Ladin Ćiastel de Tor in San Martino in Badia and has three exhibition floors: the exhibition begins by illustrating how the Dolomites were geologically formed and shows fossils discovered in the area around San Cassiano. It then proceeds to show the formation of the cave, the story of the discovery and the excavation. The original remains can also be seen, showing all the aspects of the environment and of the life of the bear in the Ladin caves.
The basement of the museum holds the "bear's cave", a reconstruction of some parts of the cave of the Conturines peak where you can admire the "sleeping bear". Inside the museum you can also compare the Ursus Ladinicus with an embalmed brown bear. A comparison of the shape of the teeth and skull clearly show that, whereas the brown bear is an omnivore, the Ursus Ladinicus was vegetarian. The brown bear was already widespread throughout the Alps at the time of the Ursus Ladinicus 40,000 years ago.
However, during the main period of the last glacial era 24,000 years ago, it disappeared from the Alps and from central Europe. To avoid the cold it retreated to warmer areas, whereas the Ursus Ladinicus, for reasons as yet to be clarified, was unable to do the same and became extinct.
At the Movimënt Park Piz Sorega, the Bear Park
, you'll be able not only to admire a reconstruction of a cave with fun games and quizzes for the children, but also use a bucket and spade to dig up a copy of the bones of the "Ursus Ladinicus"!