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Recent history of the brown bear in the Maghreb
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10877599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bones of the brown bear (Ursus arctos, mammalia, Carnivora) found in a cave of the Akouker massif (Djurdjura, Algeria) have been dated according to the 14C method as belonging to the historical times (420-600 A.D.). The bone and teeth measurements correspond to a small-sized animal, the smallest ever found in the Maghreb. A review of fossil bears in the Quaternary faunas of North Africa clearly shows that the area of distribution, which was initially wide, shrank at the end of the Upper Pleistocene. The bears had temporarily taken to mountainous areas difficult to access. The bone remains discovered up to now prove that the brown bear was represented by individuals or populations showing a large diversity of size.
W Hamdine; M Thévenot; J Michaux
Publication Detail:
Type:  English Abstract; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Comptes rendus de l'Académie des sciences. Série III, Sciences de la vie     Volume:  321     ISSN:  0764-4469     ISO Abbreviation:  C. R. Acad. Sci. III, Sci. Vie     Publication Date:  1998 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-06-29     Completed Date:  2000-06-29     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503078     Medline TA:  C R Acad Sci III     Country:  FRANCE    
Other Details:
Languages:  fre     Pagination:  565-70     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
Laboratoire d'ornithologie et ecologie des vertébrés, Institut d'agronomie, université de Tizi-Ouzou, Algérie.
Vernacular Title:
Histoire récente de l'ours brun au Maghreb.
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MeSH Terms
Bone and Bones / anatomy & histology
Carbon Radioisotopes
History, Ancient
Tooth / anatomy & histology
Ursidae / anatomy & histology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Carbon Radioisotopes

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