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Monday, September 8, 2014

Caterpillar Bears, Bulldog Bears, and God Bears: Three Ursines of the Cryptid Kind

Karl Shuker has a new post on his ShukerNature blog about "Caterpillar Bears", "Bulldog Bears", and "God Bears." Part of the post is from two of his books, In Search of Prehistoric Survivors and From Flying Toads to Snakes with Wings.

Short Faced Bear compared to a human!(wikipedia)

To see the post click here, and be sure to check out the rest of Karl's blog while you're there!

And, while I'm talking about Karl's post and bears, let's include one creature that is known to exist(at least in the past.)

The short faced bear was a bear that lived in N. America from about 1.8 million years ago to 11,000 years ago. There were two species of short faced bear, Arctodus prinstinus and A. simus, and sinus is considered to be one of the largest known terrestrial mammalian carnivores. 

Analysis of sort faced bear bones have shown that they were carnivores and did not consume vegetation like the bears of today. Their long legs might have allowed them to run down their prey, almost like a cheetah!

For more on short faced bears and the like, see these articles on wikipedia.

Short Faced Bear vs. Saber Toothed Cat(

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