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SHORT-FACED BEAR

Short-Faced Bear Fossils

MIDDLE (RANCHOLABREAN AGE) TO LATE PLEISTOCENE PERIOD:  300,000 to 10,000 years ago

The Short-Faced Bear was a member of the Ursidae or bear family.  This extinct beast is amongst the Tremarctine bears noted for their short snouts hence the name, 'Short-Faced Bear'.  Three genera (listed in order of their emergence) once lived in North America - Plionarctos, Arctodus and finally, Tremarctos.  The Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) is the only surviving member and lives today in the jungles of South America.  All were active carnivorous predators that later evolved into the omnivorous bears of today.  Arctodus was a massive and terrible beast, the largest bear that ever lived in North America and exceeding in size and ferocity living Kodiaks, Grizzlies and Brown Bears.  Tremarctos was a more evolved version of Arctodus and was not as large but an equally able predator. 

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SHORT-FACED BEAR

Short-Faced Bear Fossils

MIDDLE (RANCHOLABREAN AGE) TO LATE PLEISTOCENE PERIOD:  300,000 to 10,000 years ago

The Short-Faced Bear was a member of the Ursidae or bear family.  This extinct beast is amongst the Tremarctine bears noted for their short snouts hence the name, 'Short-Faced Bear'.  Three genera (listed in order of their emergence) once lived in North America - Plionarctos, Arctodus and finally, Tremarctos.  The Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) is the only surviving member and lives today in the jungles of South America.  All were active carnivorous predators that later evolved into the omnivorous bears of today.  Arctodus was a massive and terrible beast, the largest bear that ever lived in North America and exceeding in size and ferocity living Kodiaks, Grizzlies and Brown Bears.  Tremarctos was a more evolved version of Arctodus and was not as large but an equally able predator. 

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