Ursus (genus)

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Temporal range: Pliocene - Holocene, 5.333–0 Ma
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From top to bottom: Brown bear, American Black Bear, Polar bear, Asian Black Bear.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Genus: Ursus[1][2]
Linnaeus, 1758
Ursus arctos
Ursus americanus
Ursus maritimus
Ursus thibetanus
Ursus spelaeus (extinct)

Ursus is a genus in the family Ursidae (bears) that includes the widely distributed brown bears,[3] the polar bear,[4] and black bears. The name is derived from the Latin ursus, meaning bear.[5][6]

Species and subspecies of Ursus[edit]

  • MacFarlane's bear, Ursus inopinatus (cryptid; if an authentic species, extinct)

A hybrid between grizzly bears and polar bears has also been recorded. Known commonly as a pizzly, prizzly, or grolar bear, the official name is simply "grizzly–polar bear hybrid".