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What size were Arctodus simus and Ursus spelaeus (Carnivora: Ursidae)?

  title={What size were Arctodus simus and Ursus spelaeus (Carnivora: Ursidae)?},
  author={Per Christiansen},
  journal={Annales Zoologici Fennici},
  • P. Christiansen
  • Published 1999
  • Environmental Science, Geography, Biology
  • Annales Zoologici Fennici
Body masses of the giant short-faced bear (Arctodus simus Cope) and the cave bear (Ursus spelaeus Rosenmuller & Heinroth) were calculated with equations based on a long-bone dimensions:body mass proportion ratio in extant carnivores. [] Key Result Despite its more long-limbed, gracile and felid-like anatomy as compared with large extant ursids, large Arctodus specimens considerably exceeded even the largest extant ursids in mass.

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