cave bear


Definition of cave bear

: a very large extinct bear (Ursus spelaeus) known especially from Pleistocene deposits in European caves

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In order to complete their work, the scientists analyzed mitochondrial DNA extracted from cave bear bones that were collected across several European countries. Fox News, "Humans played major role in driving cave bear to extinction, study says," 20 Aug. 2019 This also means that cave bears thrived throughout a number of earlier periods when temperatures significantly decreased. Tim Vernimmen, National Geographic, "Humans, not glaciers, likely doomed Ice Age cave bears," 15 Aug. 2019 Humans played a much bigger role than previously thought in driving the cave bear to extinction, according to new evidence revealed last week. Fox News, "Humans played major role in driving cave bear to extinction, study says," 20 Aug. 2019 There are trillions of fragments of DNA in a teaspoon of dirt, mostly material from other mammals, including woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceroses, cave bears and cave hyenas. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Scientists Extract DNA From Ancient Humans Out of Cave Dirt," 28 Apr. 2017 Varki began by testing a relatively common fossil from about 50,000 years ago, of a cave bear. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Fossil molecule may help identify human ancestors," 11 Sep. 2017 While animals like wooly mammoths and cave bears wandered the lands, massive megalodon sharks and sea sloths took to the seas. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Researchers Find Ancient Extinction Event Among Large Marine Creatures," 28 June 2017

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1865, in the meaning defined above

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