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
  • Lorenzen, Eline
  • Willerslev, Eske
  • 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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number15
Pages (from-to)1251-1258
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2011

    Research areas

  • Animals, Molecular Sequence Data, Nucleic Acid Hybridization, Phylogeny, Ursidae

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