Of Course Giant Bear-Dogs Used To Roam Florida

01/02/2014 11:51 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Everything makes sense now.

Want to know more? This curious, bone-crushing beast is believed to have roamed the Sunshine State between 16 and 18 million years ago, though its various beardog cousins spread over a habitat that included the rest of North America, Eurasia, and Africa. Experts think they probably ambushed prey from short range, and lived at the top of Florida's food chain until becoming extinct. (Where are they when we need this invasive python problem taken care of? Thanks a lot, beardogs!)

You can check out the only known mounted skeleton of Amphicyon Longiramus at The Florida Natural History Museum in Gainesville.

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