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Polar Bears Older Than Thought, Have Distinct Lineage
2012-04-20 04:57:25

Polar bears have been around much longer than previously believed, and likely interbred with brown bears at one point after the two species separated, according to a Germany study published Friday in the journal Science. The researchers examined mitochondrial DNA, a special "additional genome" that lives in the cell's energy factories and is passed on only from the mother, from polar bears, brown bears and black bears.  They found that the brown bear and polar bear ancestral lines...

2012-03-29 21:54:57

Study examined blood level changes in PCBs over a decade It's never been easy to be a polar bear. They may have to go months without eating. Their preferred food, seal, requires enormous luck and patience to catch. Add to that the melting of Arctic sea ice due to climate change, and the poisoning of the Arctic by toxic chemicals, and it's easy to see why polar bears worldwide are in trouble. Among all the bad news, however, comes one possible bright spot. In a study of PCBs in polar...

2012-03-22 12:41:39

Grizzly bears vs. boneyards and bureaucracy The ranchland near the southwestern Alberta town of Pincher Creek is a hot zone for grizzly bear encounters according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta. The research, led by former U of A graduate student Joe Northrup, mapped the locations of 303 grizzly bear encounters over the last 10 years. There were no human fatalities despite the fact that the vast majority of the encounters happened on private ranch...

2012-03-09 08:00:00

Grizzly Creek Films Presents AMERICA THE WILD with Casey Anderson. “Wolverine King” Premieres in Primetime Sunday, March 11, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The series then moves to Mondays, beginning with “Grand Canyon Safari” Monday, March 12 on Nat Geo Wild. Find your local airtime: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/schedule/wild BOZEMAN, MONTANA (PRWEB) March 09, 2012 AMERICA THE WILD on Nat Geo WILD features award-winning presenter Casey Anderson on a series of...

Image 1 - Bear Spotted Utilizing A Rock As A Tool
2012-03-07 06:40:40

A British scientist, on vacation recently in Alaska´s Glacier Bay National Park, made a phenomenal discovery. While he was photographing a wild brown bear, the animal picked up a barnacle covered stone and began rubbing it on the side of its face. According to Dr. Volker Deecke, of the University of Cumbria, bears could be more advanced than previously thought. Dr. Deecke speculates that the bear was molting and used the stone to rub off fur, or because it may have had irritated skin....

2012-03-06 10:42:36

Researchers say people should behave cautiously; carry bear spray instead Carrying a gun in bear country doesn´t mean you´re more protected in the event of a bear encounter, according to new research out of Brigham Young University. A study led by BYU biologist and bear expert Tom S. Smith found that firing a gun is no more effective in keeping people from injury or death during bear attacks than not using a firearm. “It really isn´t about the kind of gun you...


Latest Bears Reference Libraries

Cave bear, Ursus spelaeus
2013-06-22 16:42:25

The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) is an extinct species that was found in Europe during the Pleistocene. Its range was large and included areas from Great Britain to Spain, Italy, Poland, the Balkans, areas of Germany, Russia, the Caucuses, Romania, and northern areas of Iran. Large numbers of skeletons have been found in Switzerland, southern Germany, Austria, northern Spain, Hungary, Croatia, and Romania. Because so many fossils have been found throughout Europe, some experts assert that there...

Kodiak Bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi
2013-06-07 13:18:33

The Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi), also known as the American brown bear, the Kodiak brown bear, or the Alaskan grizzly bear, is a subspecies of the brown bear. It can be found in southwestern Alaska, on the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago. Most coastal bears that occur in Alaska are called Kodiak bears, but the true Kodiak bear only inhabits the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago. The Kodiak bear was first described as a distinct species by the taxonomist C.H. Merriam. Merriam...

Grizzly Bear, Ursus arctos horribilis
2013-06-03 13:23:12

The grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), also known as the grizzly, the North American brown bear, or the silvertip bear, is one of many subspecies of the brown bear. It is typically found in upland areas of western North America. Its range once extended from Canada to Mexico and even into the western shores of the Hudson Bay in the east. Its range has been reduced to many areas of Canada, Alaska, and northwestern areas of the United States including Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, and...

Asian Black Bear, Ursus thibetanus
2013-06-03 13:08:46

The Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus), also known as the white-chested bear or the moon bear, is a species that holds a large range. This range includes northern areas of the Indian Subcontinent, most areas of the Himalayas, far eastern Russia, northeastern areas of China, Korea, and the Honshū and Shikoku islands near Japan. As is common to black bear species, the Asiatic black bear prefers a habitat within deciduous forests, mixed forests, deserts, and thornbrush forests. It can...

Cave Bear, Ursus spelaeus
2013-05-17 22:36:40

The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) is an extinct species that was found in Europe during the Pleistocene. Its range was large and included areas from Great Britain to Spain, Italy, Poland, the Balkans, areas of Germany, Russia, the Caucuses, Romania, and northern areas of Iran. Large numbers of skeletons have been found in Switzerland, southern Germany, Austria, northern Spain, Hungary, Croatia, and Romania. Because so many fossils have been found throughout Europe, some experts assert that there...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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