Extinct Short-Faced Bear

The Giant Short-Faced Bear

Arctodus simus The Fastest Running Bear That Ever Lived Also called the bulldog bear, the giant short-faced bear (Arctodus simus) was undoubtedly the fastest running bear that ever lived. Rangier…

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How Big Was This Short-Faced Bear?

On 4 feet, he was 5½ to 6 feet at the shoulders. With the front legs straight, the skeleton is 66 inches to the top of the shoulder blades (the…

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Bear Evolution

Early bears Bears are the youngest of the carnivore families, having arisen from doglike ancestors during the Eocene Epoch 55 million to 38 million years ago. The earliest bears had…

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Why Are Black Bears so Timid?

The Pleistocene Ice Age was a dangerous time for black bears across North America. For hundreds of thousands of years—until about 10,000 years ago—North America was home to saber-toothed cats,…

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Approximate Dates of Origin of Bear Species

from Bears of the World by Lance Craighead, Ph.D. SPECIES DATE OF ORIGIN FROM FOSSIL EVIDENCE DATE OF ORIGIN FROM GENETIC EVIDENCE  AREA OF ORIGIN Panda Bear Superfamily Ailuropodinae >…

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