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Mitochondrial genomes reveal an explosive radiation of extinct and extant bears near the Miocene-Pliocene boundary

Johannes Krause, Tina Unger, Aline Noçon, Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis, Mathias Stiller, Leopoldo Soibelzon, Helen Spriggs, Paul H Dear, Adrian W Briggs, Sarah CE Bray, Stephen J O'Brien, Gernot Rabeder, Paul Matheus, Alan Cooper, Montgomery Slatkin, Svante Pääbo and Michael Hofreiter*

BMC Evolutionary Biology 2008, 8:220  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-8-220

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Map of distribution of Cave Bears in Suppl. file

Aurora Grandal-d'Anglade   (2008-10-23 16:23)  Universidade da Coruña email

I regret that in Fig. Suppl. 1b the authors did not extend the distribution of the Cave Bear 'Ursus spelaeus' until the Iberian Peninsula, where the westernmost site were found (Eirós, Triacastela, Lugo). All the Cantabrian mountains in the N of the Iberian Peninsula are full of caves with cave bear remains; the southernhmost cave with this species is El Reguerillo, in Patones (Madrid).There are also several sites in the mediterranean coast (Such as El Toll, in Moià, Barcelona).

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