Extinct Polar Bear: Ursus Maritimus Tyrannus
Ursus Maritimus Tyrannus, is the scientific name for an extinct species of polar bear. Many fossilised records of this bear have been found in England, United Kingdom. The translation of the Latin name Ursus Maritimus Tyrannus, means ‘Tyrant Sea Bear’.
In appearance this bear was likely to have looked a little like the extinct cave bear, having slightly longer fur and a bigger jaw line and feet.
Ursus Maritimus Tyrannus is said to be the very first polar bear, having evolved from a white mutation of brown bear between 100,000 and 250,000 years ago.
From looking at fossilized remains of these bears, archaeologists and scientists have found that these bears had similar bone structure to brown bears but were considerably larger. Ursus Maritimus Tyrannus was believed to stand at approximately 6 feet at the shoulder, thus making it the largest bear that ever lived.
Polar bears are mainly carnivorous as they eat seals and other animals living in the polar regions, so this is considered to be what the U. Maritimus Tyrannus would have eaten, although it cannot be confirmed for certain.