GI­ANT SHORT-FACED BEAR

Canada's History - - CURRENTS -

Think hairy. Think scary. Think “the largest car­niv­o­rous land mam­mal” to ever ex­ist on the con­ti­nent. Now you’re get­ting the pic­ture of the gi­ant short-faced bear — fifty per cent big­ger than a mod­ern griz­zly, but with a wide, squat mug and pow­er­ful jaws that crunched the bones of pre­his­toric prey with ease. The bear’s long limbs al­lowed it to travel great dis­tances in search of food, and scaveng­ing was a prime source of nour­ish­ment.

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