Evolution of Bears Print
Written by Frank Hooghiemstra   
Monday, 14 February 2011 07:01
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Bears, wolves, hyenas and weasels make up four groups of carnivores that are related in their evolutionary descent from the miacid. Miacid (order Carnivora) is a creature
that lived 50 million years a go. The evolution created several family members (latin):

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  • Feliformia
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    • Viverravidae (extinct)
    • Nimravidae (extinct)(false saber-tooths)
    • Felidae(cats)
    • Viverridae(civets, linsangs, genets, etc.)
    • Herpestidae(mongooses, meerkats, fossa)
    • Hyaenidae(hyaenas, aardwolf)
    • Nandinia binotata(African palm civet)
    • Eupleridae(fossa and other Malagasy carnivores)
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  • Caniformia
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    • Miacidae (extinct)
    • Canidae(wolves, dogs, coyotes, foxes, jackals)
    • Ailurus fulgens(red panda)
    • Amphicyonidae (extinct)
    • Ursidae(bears and giant panda)
    • Hemicyonidae (extinct)
    • Mephitidae(skunks)
    • Mustelidae(weasels, otters, ferrets, badgers, skunks, wolverines, etc.)
    • Procyonidae(raccoons, kinkajous, coatimundis, lesser panda, etc.)
    • Pinnipedia (Phocoidea)

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    The evolution tree:

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     Evolution of Bears

    >>A guidance to the evolution of Bears <<-- Link to pdf-file

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    Last Updated on Monday, 14 February 2011 08:11