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Auvergne Bear (Ursus minimus)
Topic Started: Apr 20 2017, 05:02 AM (108 Views)
Scalesofanubis
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Auvergne Bear (Ursus minimus)
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Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Suborder:Caniformia
Superfamily: Arctoidea
Family:Ursidae
Subfamily:Ursinae
Tribe:Ursini
Genus:Ursus
Species:Ursus minimus

Temporal range: Pliocene–Pleistocene

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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 Asian black bear scaled down to around the size of a modern sun bear.

Edited by Scalesofanubis, Apr 20 2017, 05:03 AM.
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