|Full fossilized skeleton of the giant short-faced bear discovered in the La Brea tar pits, California, USA. Commons|
A BEAR OF A BEAR!
Good day everyone!
I am managing to squeeze in this blog in my oh so busy week before my husband and I go to spend time with his parents. I will be a bear of a drive but wonderful when we get there.
I found some fascinating animals I want to share with you! The first one is a bear. But not just any bear. This one is a bear of a bear, standing 11 feet (3.4 meters) when on it’s hind legs. For comparison a large grizzly bear, when rearing up can be at tall as 6 or 7 feet. A large male polar bear, is 6 to 9 feet. This
bear beats even the tallest by 2 feet!
|Giant short-faced bear in comparison to a 6 ft man. Commons|
So who is this animal and where does it live that I may avoid its habitat! Well, no humans, or animals for that matter, need worry for this bear, Arctodus sinus, is extinct. Phew! It was a very large member of the short-faced bear genus. Some of you may be familiar with short-faced bears from zoos or if you live in South America. Fossils of this amazing animal have been uncovered from Alaska all the way to central Mexico.
The giant short-faced bear is estimated to have weighed between 1760 and 2200 lbs (800 to 1000 kg) and stood to 6 feet (1.8 m) tall at the shoulders when on all fours. It has been debated that this carnivore be classified as the largest
terrestrial mammal known.
|Giant short-faced bear next to a labor-toothed cat|
for comparison. Commons
I wonder…when scripture says, “…there were giants in those days”, was it just limited to mankind? By the size of these fossils I say not. Our Creator’s love of variety continues to amaze me.
Until next time, God bless and take care!
Nelson, Vance, Untold Secrets of Planet Earth, Monumental Monsters, Untold Secrets of Planet Earth Publishing Company, Inc. 2017. Pp 46-48.