The Eoarctos vorax, a bear-raccoon-otter-like mammal that lived 32 million years ago in present-day North Dakota and had a taste for mollusks | Mark Hallett

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Blaire Van Valkenburgh for New York Times — A Bear That Looked Like a Raccoon and Had a Dangerous Appetite

UCLA vertebrate paleontologist Blaire Van Valkenburgh provides insights to the New York Times about a pioneering carnivorous creature, including its geographical origins and dietary preferences.