Ancient hybridization and an Irish origin for the modern polar bear matriline

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Ceiridwen J. Edwards, Marc A. Suchard, Philippe Lemey, John J Welch, Ian Barnes, Tara L. Fulton, Ross Barnett, Tamsin C O'Connell, Peter Coxon, Nigel Monaghan, Cristina E Valdiosera, Eline Lorenzen, Eske Willerslev, Gennady F. Baryshnikov, Andrew Rambaut, Mark G. Thomas, Daniel G. Bradley, Beth Shapiro

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are among those species most susceptible to the rapidly changing arctic climate, and their survival is of global concern. Despite this, little is known about polar bear species history. Future conservation strategies would significantly benefit from an understanding of basic evolutionary information, such as the timing and conditions of their initial divergence from brown bears (U. arctos) or their response to previous environmental change.
TidsskriftCurrent Biology
Udgave nummer15
Sider (fra-til)1251-1258
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 9 aug. 2011

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