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 e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family: Ursidae
Subfamily: Ursinae
Tribe: Ursini
Genus: Ursus
Linnaeus, 1758[1][2]
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]

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".