Ancient DNA analysis reveals divergence of the cave bear, Ursus spelaeus, and brown bear, Ursus arctos, lineages

@article{Loreille2001AncientDA,
  title={Ancient DNA analysis reveals divergence of the cave bear, Ursus spelaeus, and brown bear, Ursus arctos, lineages},
  author={Odile Loreille and Ludovic Orlando and Maryl{\`e}ne Patou-Mathis and Michel Philippe and Pierre Taberlet and Catherine H{\"a}nni},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={11},
  pages={200-203}
}
The cave bear, Ursus spelaeus, represents one of the most frequently found paleontological remains from the Pleistocene in Europe. The species has always been confined to Europe and was contemporary with the brown bear, Ursus arctos. Relationships between the cave bear and the two lineages of brown bears defined in Europe, as well as the origins of the two species, remain controversial, mainly due to the wide morphological diversity of the fossil remains, which makes interpretation difficult [1… Expand
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