Ancient “bear-dog” Fossils Named After Basque Cyclops

Gerard Ezcurra sent me this cool article about the discovery of extinct carnivore predators that inhabited the Pyrenees (as well as other parts of the world) some 7-8 million years ago. These bear-dogs are not related to neither bears nor dogs, but have characteristics of both. Fossils discovered in the Pyrenees point to maybe a new genus of the species, which the researchers named Tartarocyon, after the Tartalo, a monstrous cyclops-like being from Basque folklore. Pretty cool!

The Tartarocyon bear-dogs, Artwork by Denny Navarra and found on

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