Ursus minimus

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Ursus minimus
Temporal range: Pliocene–Pleistocene
Ursus minimus 1.JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Genus: Ursus
Species: U. minimus
Binomial name
Ursus minimus
Devèze & Bouillet, 1827

Ursus minimus (Auvergne bear) is an extinct species of bear, endemic to Europe during the Pliocene and Pleistocene, living from 5.3—1.8 Mya, existing for about 3.5 million years.

U. minimus appears to have given rise to Ursus etruscus. The range of U. minimus was continental Europe and as far east as the Black Sea in Russia. Its southern range was Italy.

The skeleton of U. minimus was very similar to that of the larger Asian black bear. With the exception of the age of the bones, it is often difficult to distinguish the remains of U. minimus from those of modern Asian black bears.[1]

Fossil distribution[edit]

Sites and specimen ages:

References[edit]

Tracking the origins of the cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) by mitochondrial DNA sequencing

  1. ^ Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in Pursuit of a New Species by Sy Montgomery published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2009
  2. ^ Paleobiology Database: Meleto collection