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Neanderthals ambushed cave bears as they awoke from hibernation

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Neanderthals ambushed cave bears as they awoke from hibernation

By Joshua Rapp Learn

ANCIENT Neanderthals may have ambushed huge bears just as they were waking from hibernation – then stolen their caves.

“These cave bears were hunted and butchered by Neanderthals,” says lead author Marco Peresani at the University of Ferrara, Italy.




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Mega fauna is a fun subject to read about...

The before the flood animals were giants and also much smarter than today. Animals back then were aware to the point where the
smartest of them could understand and communicate with humans. They were smart enough to organize revenge raids on remote human settlements. Hey let's go hunt this week-end lol 



Cave Bear in Europe


The cave bear had a very broad, domed skull with a steep forehead. Its stout body had long thighs, massive shins and in-turning feet, making it similar in skeletal structure to the brown bear. Cave bears were comparable in size to the largest modern-day bears. The average weight for males was 350 to 600 kg (770 to 1,320 lb), though some specimens weighed as much as 1000 kg (2,200 lb), while females weighed 225 to 250 kg (495 to 550 lb). Of cave bear skeletons in museums, 90% are male due to a misconception that the female skeletons were merely "dwarfs". Cave bears grew larger during glaciations and smaller during interglacials, probably to adjust heat loss rate.

Cave bears of the last Ice Age lacked the usual two or three premolars present in other bears; to compensate, the last molar is very elongated, with supplementary cusps. The humerus of the cave bear was similar in size to that of the polar bear, as were the femora of females. The femora of male cave bears, however, bore more similarities in size to those of kodiak bears.



Short-faced bear in America



In a recent study, the mass of six A. simus specimens was estimated, one-third of them weighed about 900 kg (1 short ton), the largest being UVP 015 at 957 kg (2,110 lb), suggesting specimens that big were probably more common than previously thought. It stood 8–10 feet (2.4–3.0 m) tall on hind legs while a large specimen would have been 11–12 feet (3.4–3.7 m) tall with a 14-foot (4.3 m) vertical arm reach. When walking on all fours, it stood 5–6 feet (1.5–1.8 m) high at the shoulder: It was tall enough to look a man in the eye. At Riverbluff Cave, Missouri, a series of claw marks up to 15 feet (4.57 m) high have been found along the cave wall indicating short-faced bears up to 12 feet (3.66 m) tall.


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they made a few docs about those ice age predators

Prehistoric Predators was a 2007 National Geographic Channel program based on different predators that lived in the past,

North America:

Smilodon fatalis, Arctodus (short-faced bear), Canis dirus (dire wolf), American lion, Bison antiquus, Megalonyx, Hagerman horse, Columbian mammoth, caribou (cameo), dromedary camel (cameo)

Here's the one on short faced bears


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