[130], Bears have been popular subjects in art, literature, folklore and mythology. Photograph: Paul Souders/Corbis, Dr Ceiridwen Edwards, from Oxford University, The research is published in the journal Current Biology. Bears can stand on their hind feet and sit up straight with remarkable balance. He was born in the town of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.Although he didn't start bow hunting until he was 29 and did not master the skill for many years, he is widely regarded as a pioneer in the bow-hunting community. Climate change is believed to have produced mating opportunities for the two species at various times in the past 100,000 years. Mammalian carnivores can trace their lineage back to a creature in the early Eocene, 55 million years ago. [49][83][84][85][86][87], Bears sometimes communicate with visual displays such as standing upright, which exaggerates the individual's size. They primarily eat the highly digestible blubber. We also know that approximately 20 million years ago in subtropical Europe, a bear about the size of a small terrier existed. By 3–4 Mya, the species Ursus minimus appears in the fossil record of Europe; apart from its size, it was nearly identical to today's Asian black bear. Dr Ceiridwen Edwards, from Oxford University, a member of the international team that carried out the study, said: "Hybridisation between ancient Irish brown bears and polar bears has led to the complete replacement of the original polar bear mitochondria. Ailuropodinae A study of American black bears found seventeen species of endoparasite including the protozoan Sarcocystis, the parasitic worm Diphyllobothrium mansonoides, and the nematodes Dirofilaria immitis, Capillaria aerophila, Physaloptera sp., Strongyloides sp. [139] In ancient Greece, the archaic cult of Artemis in bear form survived into Classical times at Brauron, where young Athenian girls passed an initiation right as arktai "she bears". [13][94], Bears are parasitized by eighty species of parasites, including single-celled protozoans and gastro-intestinal worms, and nematodes and flukes in their heart, liver, lungs and bloodstream. The evolution of bears as we know them today, started around 30 million years ago. They have a thick layer of blubber for extra insulation, and the soles of their feet have a dense pad of fur. Nuclear chromosome analysis show that the karyotype of the six ursine bears is nearly identical, with each having 74 chromosomes (see Ursid hybrid), whereas the giant panda has 42 chromosomes and the spectacled bear 52. They are capable of bursts of speed but soon tire, and as a result mostly rely on ambush rather than the chase. However, the same DNA fingerprint is absent from other species of brown bear alive today. Only the ice age brown bears carried the maternal genetic hallmark of polar bears. [75] Fish are an important source of food for some species, and brown bears in particular gather in large numbers at salmon runs. Male Alaskan brown bears and polar bears may continue to grow until they are 11 years old. Ancestors of Lille Foster Generation No. [91], The mating system of bears has variously been described as a form of polygyny, promiscuity and serial monogamy. [132] A widespread belief among cultures of North America and northern Asia associated bears with shaman; this may be based on the solitary nature of both. It is surprising, then, to discover that one of the ancestors of these creatures was seven metres long and lived a full and active life on the ground. 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Ursavinae Typically, a bear plunges into the water and seizes a fish with its jaws or front paws. [54] For example, Asiatic black bears in Taiwan consume large numbers of acorns when these are most common, and switch to ungulates at other times of the year. (Image: © Art by Charlène Letenneur (MNHN) and Pascale Golinvaux (RBINS)) Lions, … [73] Some species may raid the nests of wasps and bees for the honey and immature insects, in spite of stinging from the adults. "Environmental conditions appear to have played, and continue to play, a big part in the evolutionary history of polar bears," said Edwards. [15] The subfamily includes the younger genera Phoberocyon (20–15 Mya), and Plithocyon (15–7 Mya). (2007)[37] The giant panda, followed by the spectacled bear are clearly the oldest species. At certain times of the year, these insects can make up 90% of their diets. [31], There are two phylogenetic hypotheses on the relationships among extant and fossil bear species. The earliest Tremarctinae is Plionarctos and was … [41] Prehistoric North and South American short-faced bears were the largest species known to have lived. [105] Bears normally do not wake during their hibernation, and can go the entire period without eating, drinking, urinating, or defecating. Modern bears comprise eight species in three subfamilies: Ailuropodinae (monotypic with the giant panda), Tremarctinae (monotypic with the spectacled bear), and Ursinae (containing six species divided into one to three genera, depending on the authority). [54] Berries may be foraged in bushes or at the tops of trees, and bears try to maximize the number of berries consumed versus foliage. Bears' closest living relatives are the pinnipeds, canids, and musteloids. 3.1.2–4.23.1.2–4.3. Tongue-clicking, grunting or chuffing many be made in cordial situations, such as between mothers and cubs or courting couples, while moaning, huffing, snorting or blowing air is made when an individual is stressed. [90] Polar bears leave behind their scent in their tracks which allow individuals to keep track of one another in the vast Arctic wilderness. [42][43] Body weight varies throughout the year in bears of temperate and arctic climates, as they build up fat reserves in the summer and autumn and lose weight during the winter. [135] The prehistoric Finns,[136] Siberian peoples[137] and more recently Koreans considered the bear as the spirit of their forefathers. (Image: © U.S. [44], Unlike most other land carnivorans, bears are plantigrade. A REVIEW OF BEAR EVOLUTION BRUCE MCLELLAN, Forest Sciences Research Branch, Revelstoke Forest District, RPO#3, Box 9158, Revelstoke, BC VOE 3KO ... is why it is considered to be the ancestor of all ursids. a series of evolutionary changes in order to survive in the Arctic. [142] Ursa Major has been associated with a bear for as much as 13,000 years since Paleolithic times, in the widespread Cosmic Hunt myths. Bears' closest living relatives are the pinnipeds, canids, and musteloids. [6], Bear taxon names such as Arctoidea and Helarctos come from the ancient Greek ἄρκτος (arktos), meaning bear,[7] as do the names "arctic" and "antarctic", via the name of the constellation Ursa Major, the "Great Bear", prominent in the northern sky. They usually follow her on foot, but sloth bear cubs may ride on their mother's back. After she decided to return home to Leelanau County, she became Michigan's first woman to be legally elected and serve as county prosecutor in 1936. The limbs are much straighter than those of the big cats as there is no need for them to flex in the same way due to the differences in their gait. (1997) is to classify all the bear species into the superfamily Ursoidea, with Hemicyoninae and Agriotheriinae being classified in the family "Hemicyonidae". It is thought the link arose from interbreeding between prehistoric polar bears and female brown bears when their paths crossed as the Irish climate cooled. [149] The Hanna-Barbera character Yogi Bear has appeared in numerous comic books, animated television shows and films. [15] European genera morphologically very similar to Allocyon, and to the much younger American Kolponomos (about 18 Mya),[16] are known from the Oligocene, including Amphicticeps and Amphicynodon. [40] The smallest species is the sun bear, which ranges 25–65 kg (55–145 lb) in weight and 100–140 cm (40–55 in) in length. This is quite simply, the largest bear ever discovered and by default, a contender for the largest carnivorous land mammal ever to live. 5.Margaret Irene Pattengill, born 04 Aug 1889 in Lansing, Ingham, MI; died 11 Sep 1969 in Lansing, … The black bear survives many environmental changes such as … [61][62] Fights between males can occur and older individuals may have extensive scarring, which suggests that maintaining dominance can be intense. [115] The IUCN lists six bear species as vulnerable;[116] even the two least concern species, the brown bear and the American black bear,[116] are at risk of extirpation in certain areas. [152] Around the world, many children—and some adults—have teddy bears, stuffed toys in the form of bears, named after the American statesman Theodore Roosevelt when in 1902 he had refused to shoot an American black bear tied to a tree. While the polar bear is mostly carnivorous, and the giant panda feeds almost entirely on bamboo, the remaining six species are omnivorous with varied diets. [44] While bears tend to be uniform in color, some species may have markings on the chest or face and the giant panda has a bold black-and-white pelage. The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, which are home to around 30% of the wild panda population, gained a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in 2006. [147] An early version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears",[148] was published as "The Three Bears" in 1837 by Robert Southey, many times retold, and illustrated in 1918 by Arthur Rackham. The Etruscan bear ate meat and lived from about 5.3 million years ago to about 10,000 years ago. This may indicate bears are still in the process of evolving from a mainly meat-eating diet to a predominantly herbivorous one. [133], There is evidence of prehistoric bear worship, though this is disputed by archaeologists. This animal is known to have existed sometime during the late Oligocene period, some 27 million years ago. Since the invention of firearms, people have been able to kill bears with greater ease. About five million years ago the black bear split off from a common ancestor. These smaller numbers can be explained by the fusing of some chromosomes, and the banding patterns on these match those of the ursine species, but differ from those of procyonids, which supports the inclusion of these two species in Ursidae rather than in Procyonidae, where they had been placed by some earlier authorities. Their front paws are flexible enough to grasp fruit and leaves. [26] They invaded South America (≈2.5 or 1.2 Ma) following formation of the Isthmus of Panama. They are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans. Nuclear chromosome analysis show that the karyotypeof the six ursine bea… [110] By contrast, polar bears have few parasites; many parasitic species need a secondary, usually terrestrial, host, and the polar bear's life style is such that few alternative hosts exist in their environment. [8], Bear taxon names such as Ursidae and Ursus come from Latin Ursus/Ursa, he-bear/she-bear. Plionarctos- Ancestor to the short faced bear and spectacled bear 10-2 million years ago Short faced bears- A species of bears that existed until the end of the last ice age, was followed by nomadic humans into north america. [44], The skulls of bears are massive, providing anchorage for the powerful masseter and temporal jaw muscles. [44] Considerable variation occurs in dental formula even within a given species. Bears reach sexual maturity shortly after they disperse; at around 3–6 years depending on the species. Infanticide, where an adult male kills the cubs of another, has been recorded in polar bears, brown bears and American black bears but not in other species. (2014):[35], The second alternative phylogenetic hypothesis was implemented by McKenna et al. With the exception of courting individuals and mothers with their young, bears are typically solitary animals. [74] Sun bears use their long tongues to lick up both insects and honey. 3 4.Theodore George Foster, born 23 Feb 1888 in Lansing, Ingham, MI; died 17 Oct 1960 in Lansing, Ingham, MI.He was the son of 8.Seymour Foster and 9.Mary Louisa Woodworth.He married 5.Margaret Irene Pattengill 20 May 1912 in Lansing, Ingham, MI. family tree) of the population as a whole. [62][88], Bears may mark territory by rubbing against trees and other objects which may serve to spread their scent. [44] The structure of the larynx of bears appears to be the most basal of the caniforms. They use smell for signalling to each other (either to warn off rivals or detect mates) and for finding food. Tremarctinae [58], Brown and American black bears are generally diurnal, meaning that they are active for the most part during the day, though they may forage substantially by night. Small burrowing mammals like rodents may be dug out and eaten. The shaggy coat helps maintain body heat during winter hibernation and is shed in the spring leaving a shorter summer coat. 450-1100)-language text, Articles containing Swedish-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Images of a few members of the family Ursidae (clockwise from top right) consisting of the, Black Bear Conservation Coalition, for the North American black bear, Polar Bears International, for the polar bear, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, for the sun bear, Andean Bear Conservation Project, for the Andean bear, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, for the giant panda, This page was last edited on 6 January 2021, at 14:57. Bear meat should be cooked thoroughly, as it can be infected with the parasite Trichinella spiralis. In modern times, bears have come under pressure through encroachment on their habitats and illegal trade in bear parts, including the Asian bile bear market. [44], Most bears are opportunistic omnivores and consume more plant than animal matter. The evolution of bears begins in the early Miocene era, approximately 20 mya (million years ago), when the first bear type animal named Ursavus elmensis evolved from a dog-like ancestor (Hitchcock, 2004). Common characteristics of modern bears include large bodies with stocky legs, long snouts, small rounded ears, shaggy hair, plantigrade paws with five nonretractile claws, and short tails. Modern brown bears evolved from U. minimus via Ursus etruscus, which itself is ancestral to the extinct Pleistocene cave bear. 1.8-0.01 million years ago Sloth bears- floppy eared Indian relatives of the Brown bear … [15], The subfamily Ursinae experienced a dramatic proliferation of taxa about 5.3–4.5 Mya, coincident with major environmental changes; the first members of the genus Ursus appeared around this time. They eat anything from leaves, roots, and berries to insects, carrion, fresh meat, and fish, and have digestive systems and teeth adapted to such a diet. Ursinae. They are sexually dimorphic with regard to size, with males typically being larger. A bear very similar to a panda lived in what’s now Hungary 10 million years ago. Its ability to digest cellulose is ascribed to the microbes in its gut. The research is published in the journal Current Biology. THE EVOLUTION OF BEAR SPECIES Where did the bear really come from? [17][18][19] In addition to the support of the pinniped–amphicynodontine clade, other morphological and some molecular evidence supports bears being the closet living relatives to pinnipeds. [64], When foraging for plants, bears choose to eat them at the stage when they are at their most nutritious and digestible, typically avoiding older grasses, sedges and leaves. Specialty organizations for each of the eight species of bears worldwide include: This article is about the carnivoran mammals. [124], Bears in captivity have for centuries been used for entertainment. Unlike most other members of the Carnivora, bears have relatively undeveloped carnassial teeth, and their teeth are adapted for a diet that includes a significant amount of vegetable matter. The canine teeth are large but mostly used for display, and the molar teeth flat and crushing. Alexander_Saravia Animal Evolution Project Period 3 The Environmental Pressures The Environmental Impacts Currently, people are destroying the bears' habitat because of trees and overfishing. [26] The sloth bear is a modern survivor of one of the earliest lineages to diverge during this radiation event (5.3 Mya); it took on its peculiar morphology, related to its diet of termites and ants, no later than by the early Pleistocene. 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