Arctodus.
The short-faced bear was the largest known mammalian land carnivore. Claw marks have been discovered on cave walls 15 feet off the ground. They weighed up to 2,000lbs. Their physiology suggests that they were incapable of swift turns and movements, disabling their ability to chase and take down the fleet-footed herbivores that they would have preyed upon, so they were most likely scavengers more than hunters, using their sheer size to scare smaller predators away from their kills. Grey wolves lived around the same time as Arctodus, but their efficient hunting strategies and social lifestyles meant that they were able to succeed these huge bears.

  1. novemberthorns-iii reblogged this from knockingghosts
  2. robolini reblogged this from fishstickmonkey
  3. fishstickmonkey reblogged this from ljspillowbook
  4. ljspillowbook reblogged this from oosik
  5. loktar-ogar reblogged this from lostbeasts
  6. giffirt reblogged this from lostbeasts
  7. hobsnoblin reblogged this from knockingghosts
  8. deusinanem reblogged this from knockingghosts
  9. littlecicada reblogged this from wolffeeder
  10. karethdreams reblogged this from somuchscience
  11. kchasm reblogged this from karethdreams
  12. corpsefraker reblogged this from therewasanaughtyboy and added:
    wow
  13. fledglingtumult reblogged this from adarose
  14. daemondog reblogged this from knockingghosts
  15. knitewang reblogged this from kiqoseven
  16. agirlnamedtuesdaye reblogged this from somuchscience
  17. naradeer reblogged this from knockingghosts
  18. house-of-gnar reblogged this from somuchscience
  19. adarose reblogged this from somuchscience
  20. nap-champ reblogged this from somuchscience
  21. newfriendly reblogged this from somuchscience
  22. hogwartschampion reblogged this from somuchscience
  23. somuchscience reblogged this from lostbeasts