Lions and brown bears colonized North America in multiple synchronous waves of dispersal across the Bering Land Bridge

  title={Lions and brown bears colonized North America in multiple synchronous waves of dispersal across the Bering Land Bridge},
  author={Alexander T. Salis and Sarah C Bray and Michael S. Y. Lee and Holly Heiniger and Ross Barnett and James Alexander Scott Burns and Vladimir Doronichev and Daryl Fedje and Liubov V. Golovanova and Charles R. Harington and Bryan Hockett and Pavel A Kosintsev and Xulong Lai and Quentin Mackie and Sergei K. Vasiliev and Jacobo Weinstock and Nobuyuki Yamaguchi and Julie A. Meachen and Alan Cooper and Kieren J. Mitchell},
The Bering Land Bridge connecting North America and Eurasia was periodically exposed and inundated by oscillating sea levels during the Pleistocene glacial cycles. This land connection allowed the intermittent dispersal of animals, including humans, between Western Beringia (far north-east Asia) and Eastern Beringia (north-west North America), changing the faunal community composition of both continents. The Pleistocene glacial cycles also had profound impacts on temperature, precipitation, and… 
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  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2000
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