After re-examining a bear skeleton, found in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, in 1935 paleontologists have discovered the largest bear to ever walk the earth to date!
The prehistoric South American giant short-faced bear, standing 11 feet tall, existed 2 million years ago and weighed up to 3,500 pounds.
Holy shiz! That's ginormous!
The team behind the discovery calculated the animals size after measuring its almost elephant-size humerus, or upper arm bone.
Compared to other carnivores in its time period, "there's nothing else that even comes close" and was the largest and most powerful meat-eater on land at the time.
Up until this discovery, the previous heavyweight champ was a North American giant short-faced bear—a related extinct species—that weighed up to 2,500 pounds.
As far as modern bears go, the largest on record was a 2,200-pound polar bear shot in Alaska in the 19th century.
Imagine running into that bad boy?
[Image via AP Images.]
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