American Black Bear Skull
The American Black Bear is found from Alaska to Mexico. Black bears are omnivorous feeding on plants, berries, insects, small vertebrates and carrion. Black Bears grow to six feet tall and can weigh over 300 pounds. It is a skillful climber and can run up to 25 miles per hour.
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American Black Bear Skull measures 10.8 inches. American Black Bear Skull is cast in polyurethane resins, museum quality and made in the USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Ursus americanus is the scientific name. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
The American black bear or Ursus americanus is a medium-sized bear native to North America. It is the continent’s smallest and most widely distributed bear species. American black bears are omnivores, with their diets varying greatly depending on season and location.
They typically live in largely forested areas, but do leave forests in search of food. Sometimes they become attracted to human communities because of the immediate availability of food. The American black bear or Ursus americanus is the world’s most common bear species.
It is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a least-concern species, due to its widespread distribution and a large population estimated to be twice that of all other bear species combined.
Along with the brown bear, it is one of only two of the eight modern bear species not considered by the IUCN to be globally threatened with extinction. American black bears often mark trees using their teeth and claws as a form of communication with other bears, a behavior common to many species of bears.
Despite living in North America, American black bears or Ursus americanus are not closely related to brown bears and polar bears; genetic studies reveal that they split from a common ancestor 5.05 million years ago (mya).
American and Asian black bears are considered sister taxa and are more closely related to each other than to the other modern species of bears. According to recent studies, the sun bear is also a relatively recent split from this lineage.
A small primitive bear called Ursus abstrusus is the oldest known North American fossil member of the genus Ursus, dated to 4.95 mya. This suggests that U. abstrusus may be the direct ancestor of the American black bear, which evolved in North America. Although Wolverton and Lyman still consider U. vitabilis an “apparent precursor to modern black bears”, it has also been placed within U. americanus.
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