Did We Mistake Short Faced Bears For Big Foot?

Afraid of hiking trips due to bear fright? Is big foot, the thing of your very nightmares? How about both at the same time? Luckily for us, the bear most likely to resemble sasquatch, doesn’t exist anymore. The giant short-faced bear was one of the largest predators of mammals that lived on Earth in the Age glaciation. The size vying with him some of the earlier giant carnivorous mammals such as andrewsarchus, sarkastodon and megistotherium.Based on the findings of skeletons, the short-faced bear upright reached about 12 feet. According to the calculations of scientists, males weighed an average of 1322 lbs., and the largest of which could weigh about 700 lbs more than the heaviest Kodiak and Polar bears.

In addition to the special short snout, which it owes its name, this species in its anatomy has many features that distinguish it from other members of the family. Of all the bears, short-faced bear was the most adapted to have carnivorous jaw structure.His teeth were very massive and pointing in different directions, like a tiger, which, together with a very strong jaw muscles, making it possible to put other animals to death with their powerful bites.It had lateral teeth to be effective in cutting meat tendons, skin and bones. In general, the skull in its proportions had more to do with the big cats, than with brown or black bears.

Rather long bear limbs indicate that this bear was faster and more resilient than modern bears.It had a decreasing of the back line of the back and shoulders. Its powerful physique is reminiscent of hyenas, and the method of transportation and supply short-faced bear, which was a predator and carrion eater, it coincided with the hyenas, though, unlike them, this species lived and hunted, probably alone.The closest modern relative of the giant short-faced bear is the spectacled bear that lives in South America. In Florida dwelt related species Tremarctos floridanus , which appears as a European cave bear fed predominantly vegetarian diet.

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