Arctodus pristinus Leidy, 1854

Lesser short-faced bear



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene





Biology & Ecology










W. W. Dalquest and O. Mooser. 1980. Arctodus pristinus Leidy in the Pleistocene of Aguascalientes, Mexico. Journal of Mammalogy 61(4): 724-725.

Harington, C. R. (1996). North American Short-Faced Bear. Beringian Research Notes 4: 1-4.

Kurtén, B., and E. Anderson. 1980. Pleistocene mammals of North America. Columbia Univ. Press, New York, 442 pp.

Morgan, G. S., and S. G. Lucas. 2005. Pleistocene vertebrate faunas in New Mexico from alluvial, fluvial, and lacustrine deposits. Pp. 185-248, in New Mexico's Ice Ages (Lucas, S. G., G. S. Morgan, and K. E. Zeigler, eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 28:1-280.

Soibelzon, Leopoldo H., Tonni, Eduaro P. and Bond, Mariano. (2005). The fossil record of South American short-faced bears (Ursidae, Tremarctinae). Journal of South American Earth Sciences 20(1-2): 105-113. [Abstract]


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