Illustration of Arctodus
|Height||2 metres on all fours, 4 metres on two legs|
|Lived||800,000 to 10,000 years ago|
Arctodus was a genus of prehistoric bear from North America. It lived during the last ice age, around 10,000 years ago.
Arctodus was much larger than the modern grizzly bear. When standing on two legs, it could reach four metres high. It is commonly called the short-faced bear, because its skull was short and compact. It had jaws made for crushing, with two canines at the top. It front and back legs are the same length, making it a good runner over long distances.
Arctodus was a carnivore. It was the apex predator of its day, and probably often scavenged by scaring other carnivores away from their kills. It would have fed on large mammals like bison or ground sloths.
Interaction with manEdit
Arctodus would have co-existed alongside early humans. The only way primitive humans could survive was by crafting weapons like spears, and throwing them to kill an Arctodus. In physical combat, the human wouldn't have a chance.
Arctodus featured in an episode of Jurassic Fight Club, where it was depicted fighting an American Lion over a dead bison. In the end it won, but not without taking some damage.
- ↑ Christiansen, P. 1999b. What size were Arctodus simus and Ursus spelaeus (Carnivora: Ursidae)? Annales Zoologici Fennici 36:93–102
- ↑ "The Biggest Bear ... Ever". Nancy Sisinyak. Alaska Fish and Wildlife News. http://www.wc.adfg.state.ak.us/index.cfm?adfg=wildlife_news.view_article&articles_id=232&issue_id=41.