cave bear

noun

Definition of cave bear

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

Examples of cave bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, most cave bear fossils have been found inside caves, and paleontologists think these bears probably lived in the caves full-time, rather than just popping in for a quick four-month nap. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Beautifully preserved cave bears emerge from Siberian permafrost," 14 Sep. 2020 The cave bear carcass presents several opportunities for new research into Ice Age ecosystems. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ice Age Cave Bear Found Preserved in Permafrost on Siberian Island," 17 Sep. 2020 The Ice Age cave bear was found in melting permafrost on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands, which are part of the New Siberian Islands archipelago off northern Russia. James Rogers, Fox News, "Perfectly preserved prehistoric cave bear discovered on Russian Arctic island," 16 Sep. 2020 Reindeer herders on the Siberian island of Bolshoy Lyakhovsky recently stumbled across the frozen carcass of a cave bear. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Beautifully preserved cave bears emerge from Siberian permafrost," 14 Sep. 2020 The tools and ornaments found alongside modern human remains at Bacho Kiro, such as pendants made of cave bear teeth, closely resemble artifacts from Neanderthal sites in western Europe dated several thousand years later, Hublin tells Science News. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Humans and Neanderthals May Have Overlapped in Europe Longer Than Previously Thought," 14 May 2020 Alongside the human remains were bladelike tools and pendants made from cave bear teeth. Popular Science, "Paleontologists have identified the earliest evidence of Homo sapiens in Europe," 13 May 2020 Other species, such as cave bears and mammoths, show the same pattern of divergence and later mixing, says population geneticist Pontus Skoglund of the Francis Crick Institute in London. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Mysterious ‘ghost’ populations had multiple trysts with human ancestors," 20 Feb. 2020 If cave bears didn’t somehow make them, the circles’ age suggests yet more Neanderthal handiwork. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These are the top 20 scientific discoveries of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019

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1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Cave bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cave%20bear. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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