Biggest Bear Ever Found

Talk about nature and wildlife you've seen or read about. Discuss specific plants, animals, natural places and wildlife in general, or follow the instructions in the Nature & Wildlife Photography forum to submit your own wildlife photographs.

Moderators: Isela, Koa

Post Reply
User avatar
Alpha Female
Former WQ Moderator
Posts: 6112
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 1969 6:00 pm
Gender: Female
Location: Living the dream

Biggest Bear Ever Found

Post by Alpha Female » Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:00 pm

I thought this was a pretty interesting article. =3
There's a new titleholder for the biggest, baddest bear ever found.

A prehistoric South American giant short-faced bear tipped the scales at up to 3,500 pounds (1,600 kilograms) and towered at least 11 feet (3.4 meters) standing up, according to a new study.

The previous heavyweight was a North American giant short-faced bear—a related extinct species—that weighed up to 2,500 pounds (1,134 kilograms). The largest bear on record in modern times was a 2,200-pound (998-kilogram) polar bear shot in Alaska in the 19th century.

The South American giant short-faced bear roamed its namesake continent abcaout 500,000 to 2 million years ago and would have been the largest and most powerful meat-eater on land at the time, scientists say.

As meat-eaters go, "there's nothing else that even comes close" during the time period, said study co-author Blaine Schubert, a paleontologist at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.

"It just blew my mind how big it was."

The bear skeleton, found in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, in 1935, was recently reexamined by Schubert and study co-author Leopoldo Soibelzon, a paleontologist from Argentina who specializes in South American fossil bears.

By measuring its almost elephant-size humerus, or upper arm bone, the team was able to calculate the size of the rest of the bear's body, Schubert said.

Their analysis also revealed that the animal was an old male that had endured several serious injuries throughout his life.

For Bear, Size Matters
Less certain, however, is what and how these bears ate—and why they were so different from their North American cousins, Schubert noted.

For instance, the South American giant short-faced bear species started huge and became smaller over time, while the North American species grew bigger.

In South America, Schubert suspects, a glut in prey and a lack of competition combined to make the bear king of the continent. But as more meat-eaters evolved, short-faced bears adapted, becoming smaller and more omnivorous, like the modern-day black bear.

In North America, the short-faced bear's increasing size may have offered an advantage—its sheer heft may have scared off saber-toothed cats and other predators from their kills, the researchers speculate.

And the short-faced bear's reign in North America would have also coincided with an explosion in Ice Age megafauna, such as giant ground sloths, camels, and mammoths—all potential new food sources.

"We had an Africa here," Schubert said, and "it's gone now."
Source: ... s-science/

Avatar (c) Jewelz
~WolfQuest member since 1969~

Adult Wolf
Adult Wolf
Posts: 1172
Joined: Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:45 pm
Gender: Female
Location: scrawling love into trees

Re: Biggest Bear Ever Found

Post by Thandi » Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:18 pm

Whoa, that's one big bear. X)

Thanks for sharing with us Alpha Female.
everything out of the ordinary is considered weird, i try to stay clear of the eathlings and their fears

User avatar
Newborn Wolf
Newborn Wolf
Posts: 9
Joined: Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:16 pm
Gender: Female
Location: In this amazing world somewhere :)

Re: Biggest Bear Ever Found

Post by AlphaSasha » Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:30 pm

Thats a huge bear.... I would never want a bear like that near me. :shock:

Thanks for sharing!
Life moto: The bird is the word. That explains alot.

User avatar
New Pack Member
New Pack Member
Posts: 3454
Joined: Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:16 pm
Gender: Female
Location: UK, Suffolk, East Angila.

Re: Biggest Bear Ever Found

Post by -x-Zaroque-x- » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:39 pm

Wow, indeed that is big, you get to see how brutal life was like in those days. >.<
Thank you for sharing!
..../\/\/\/...........------- Who am I? -------
.........../..........I'm Captain Jack Sparrow!

............\/\/\/.....Avatar © Gingerwolff <3

User avatar
Posts: 33
Joined: Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:20 pm
Gender: Female
Location: The Land of Big Time Rushers

Re: Biggest Bear Ever Found

Post by CallingProphecy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:04 pm

11 feet!?Wow!That's a big bear!Thanks for sharing this,Alpha Female!
_ ▂ ▃ ▅ ▆ ▇ ▉ CallingProphecy ▉ ▇ ▆ ▅ ▃ ▂ _
Los Angeles Kings! - Proud owner of Luc Robatille's Sig
_ ▂ ▃ ▅ ▆ ▇ ▉ BIG TIME RUSH▉ ▇ ▆ ▅ ▃ ▂ _
Some sig bits by Wolflegend1.Avatar (c) me

User avatar
Posts: 20
Joined: Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:46 pm
Gender: Male
Location: A lachrymøse, forebøding, serene, place I call 'My Mind'

Re: Biggest Bear Ever Found

Post by +Noctis+ » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:54 pm

That is a big bear indeed. I know I would want to come in contact with that. Thanks for sharing that interesting find.
There is nøthing eiŧher gøød ør bad, But ŧhinking makes it sø.
Føøls set ŧhe rules in ŧhis wørld, just take a løøk arøund. It's undeniable.
___________________ [] [ ] [ ] []_______________________

Signature- Square Enix, and Shakespeare.
Icon- BlackAndWhite45.

User avatar
Former User of the Month
Former User of the Month
Posts: 7589
Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:47 am
Gender: Female
Location: England, United Kingdom

Re: Biggest Bear Ever Found

Post by Masika » Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:16 am

Wow, that's certainly a huge bear (bigger than I thought when I saw this thread title x3). Quite interesting how animals, such as a bear could of been such a large size many years ago. You can just tell by looking at the bone structure that it was probably a very powerful creature. Thanks for sharing, Alpha Female!
Icon (c) coyoteflu

User avatar
Posts: 90
Joined: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:40 pm
Gender: Male
Location: Quick look behind you!

Re: Biggest Bear Ever Found

Post by lightshadowwolf223 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:46 am

"eye twitchs" Um all i can say is wow that's one big Arctodus simus also known as the short faced bear. That thing would scare me if i saw it in my back yard! :mrgreen:
Hunting is not destruction and i get annoyed by people all ways going like: OOO your killing the animals!
I just say: No. its population managment, and could someone who hates animals know so much about them?

User avatar
Posts: 146
Joined: Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:43 pm
Gender: Female
Location: slaving over some spicy memes boys

Re: Biggest Bear Ever Found

Post by Legendary-Taco » Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:49 pm

Oh boy, that's one big bear. I would defiantly not want to meet that bear x3
Thanks for sharing,
Alpha Female ^^

_________im pretty meme savvy...
______ Ask me anything chump xox
________(avatar by me boyo xox~)


User avatar
Posts: 152
Joined: Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:03 pm
Gender: Female
Location: In your closet.

Re: Biggest Bear Ever Found

Post by Toralu » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:36 am

Wow this is really scary O.o imagine if you saw this huge creature in the middle of nowhere... I'd be scared to death.
...........T ● O ● R ● A ● L ● U
........“We are the music makers,
........and we are the dreamers of

.......................-Willy Wonka
..............Avvie (c) C-Lupus Sigge (c) Me

Post Reply

Return to “Nature & Wildlife”