DNA links mysterious Yeti to ancient polar bear (Update 3)
A British scientist says he may have solved the mystery of the Abominable Snowman—the elusive ape-like creature of the Himalayas. He thinks it's a bear.
Polar bear evolution tracked climate change, new DNA study suggests
A whole-genome analysis suggests that polar bear numbers waxed and waned with climate change, and that the animals may have interbred with brown bears since becoming a distinct species millions of years ago.
Ancient DNA from rare fossil reveals that polar bears evolved recently and adapted quickly
A rare, ancient polar bear fossil discovered in Norway in 2004 is yielding a treasure trove of essential information about the age and evolutionary origins of the species whose future is now seen as synonymous ...
How do polar bears stay warm? Research finds an answer in their genes
(Phys.org) —In the winter, brown and black bears go into hibernation to conserve energy and keep warm.
Future of polar bears likely to be grim
Will polar bears survive in a warmer world? UCLA life scientists present new evidence that their numbers are likely to dwindle.
DNA study clarifies relationship between polar bears and brown bears
At the end of the last ice age, a population of polar bears was stranded by the receding ice on a few islands in southeastern Alaska. Male brown bears swam across to the islands from the Alaskan mainland and ...
European law could be unbearable for Croatia's brown bears
Croatia joined the European Union on 1 July and conservation scientists fear that the EU's rules could cause problems for its brown bear population.
Ancient European bear had unusually large penis bone
Polar bear genome reveals rapid adaptation to fatty diet
A comparison of the genomes of polar bears and brown bears reveals that the polar bear is a much younger species than previously believed, having diverged from brown bears less than 500,000 years ago.
New study suggests polar bears evolved earlier than previously thought
Study: Using a gun in bear encounters doesn't make you safer
Carrying a gun in bear country doesn't mean you're more protected in the event of a bear encounter, according to new research out of Brigham Young University.
Ancestry of polar bears traced to Ireland
An international team of scientists has discovered that the female ancestor of all living polar bears was a brown bear that lived in the vicinity of present-day Britain and Ireland just prior to the peak of ...
Superdaddy Pyros keeps Pyrenees bear numbers up
The number of bears roaming the Pyrenees remained stable at a minimum of 22 last year, thanks largely to the continued virility of Pyros, the undisputed daddy of the colony.
With climate changes, polar bear and brown bear lineages intertwine
Polar bears' unique characteristics allow them to survive in one of the most extreme environments on Earth, but that survival is now threatened as rising temperatures and melting ice reshape the Arctic landscape. Now it appears ...