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Giant Short Faced Bear (Arctodus simus)

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The Giant Short Faced Bear was 1,5 to 1,80 m (5 to 6 feet)  tall at the shoulder and rose to an impresive 3 m (10 feet) when standing on its hind legs, it weighted 600 to 800 kgs (1320 -  1760 pounds)  the giant was taller than a Polar Bear . The short muzzle gave it a more lion-like face than other bears, it has a relatively wide skull and very powerful jaws. Its closest living relative is the South American Spectacled Bears. What did they eat? Analysis of the bones of Short Faced Bears shows that they were exclusive meat eaters and they were well adapted to this task, their shortened jaws would have brought their crushing teeth closer to the back of the skulland so have increased their power. This Bear seen to be adapted for cracking large bones to extract the nutritious marrow.
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Skeleton mounted bipedally and it stands just under 10 feet tall, and right about 8 feet at the shoulders.
Information of skeleton and picture courtesy of Mr William Simpson Head Collection of Field Museum in Chicago, USA

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(02-28-2019, 08:18 AM)epaiva Wrote: Skeleton mounted bipedally and it stands just under 10 feet tall, and right about 8 feet at the shoulders.
Information of skeleton and picture courtesy of Mr William Simpson Head Collection of Field Museum in Chicago, USA

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I guess the live specimen with flesh over the body should stand over 10 feet tall.
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Looks like a tiger's skull mounted onto a bear's skeleton. Very different bears.
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Here'e a documentary on the Short-Faced Bear 




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Giant Short Faced Bear in La Brea Tar Pits Museum
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