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Last of the Maya Bears? by HodariNundu Last of the Maya Bears? by HodariNundu
Uno de los últimos osos de cara corta de la selva maya se aleja del olor de la civilización.
Inspirado por el descubrimiento reciente de cráneos de oso de cara corta (Arctotherium o quizá Arctodus) de unos 11.000 años de antiguedad en un cenote de Yucatán.
La noticia me hizo imaginar que quizá los últimos osos gigantes de cara corta sobrevivieron en lo más remoto de la selva, quizá lo suficiente para ver surgir las primeras civilizaciones mesoamericanas. Es solo un pensamiento romántico. Imaginen lo que un maya habria sentido de haberse topado en lo mas profundo de la selva con el ultimo de estos osos monstruosos :D

One of the last short faced bears of the Mayan Jungle about to flee from the smell of civilization.
Inspired by the recent discovery of four 11.000 year old skulls of short faced bears (Arctotherium or possibly Arctodus) in a Yucatan cenote.
The news made me imagine, what if the very last giant bears survived in the deepest, darkest jungle, maybe enough to see the rise of the first Mesoamerican civilizations? It's just a romantic thought, but imagine what a Maya would've thought/felt if he stumbled upon the last of these monstrous bears :D
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brendanboa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Really like how you depicted them as sun bear-Asiatic black bear-ish. Most depict Arctodus or Arctotherium as something like a spectacled bear.
Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture makes me sad, but it is very good
Oaglor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Even his bear powers won't help him against civilization.
loatm Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Impresionante y conmovedor.
tigerbreath13 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] I've made a pic
Krajax Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Maybe when 2012 threatens to bring doom to planet Earth, a Mayan bear from the past can come save the day XD
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012   General Artist
I wouldn´t count on it; according to some Mayan myths, when the world does end, it will be because four giant beasts (usually said to be jaguars) will be unleashed from the Underworld to devastate the world
Krajax Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Super-Bear might as well get to some ass-kicking then XD
Hoatziraptor Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
impresionante y triste a la vez
Jaldithas Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
looks quite plausible, maybe not for Giant short faced ones ( though it would be indeed amazig :D ) but for Tremarctos ornatus, as there have been found some subfossils of giant anteater in southern USA. But I agree, perhaps some now extinct race of American black bear might be more plausible
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