Evidence of the Inuit ‘king bear’ may have been found in Alaska archaeological site.
Archaeologists have discovered an enormous bear skull which may be evidence of the fabled accounts of native groups.
Per Daily Mail:
The skull was determined to be around 1,300 years old and scientists are calling it ‘The Old One.’
Although there is some speculation as to the actual size of the bear, this skull is considerably larger than an average polar bear:
Doctor Anne Jensen told the news site: ‘We don’t know the exact size [of the whole animal], but we do know it was a huge bear.’
The discovery could shed light on Inuit accounts of 12-foot long bears, called ‘king bears’ or ‘weasel bears’ by Inuits and other native groups.
Today’s polar bears are between seven and eight feet long, National Geographic reports.
Jensen claims the species of the bear found may also still be in existence today.