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Polar Bears Evolutionarily Five Times Older and Genetically More Distinct: Ancestry Traced Back 600,000 Years

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A study appearing in the current issue of the journal Science reveals that polar bears evolved as early as some 600,000 years ago.

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christine s (340)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 4:34 pm
oooh ,we are finding out so much these days ,nothing surprises me . Polar bears are so beautiful ,it's so sad .

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 12:07 am
So we should be halting global warming to protect them...

Jana Repova (65)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 12:07 am
Noted, thanks.

paul m (93)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 12:37 am

KS Goh (0)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 12:50 am
Thanks for the article.

paul m (93)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 1:13 am
Thank you....!!

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 4:52 am
Noted, thanks.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 5:11 am

Margery Coffey (8)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 12:39 pm
Cool. I read that they are linked to Irish bears.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 1:21 pm

janet f (29)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 7:06 pm
They've evolved all this time just to be killed off by egotistical, small-brained hunters and climate changed deniers. This is incredibly sad. Such a waste of life.

Brenda Burks (1)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 9:13 pm
thanks so much for the article

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 7:05 am
They say that the Polar Bears ancestry is traced back 600,000 years, so then why are they (Humans) always trying to kill the ones that are here and now with us, should we not protect them so that our Great great grandchildren will be able to see one in the wild ALIVE!!!???

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 2:12 pm
very interesting, polar bears are fascinating, thanks Britt

Petra M (259)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 2:32 pm
thanks so much for the article !

Nelson B (0)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 4:06 pm
Very interesting. Thank you.

Tom Edgar (56)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 4:17 pm
My local Evangelical Pastor says the world is only 6,000 years old so how come the bears are older?

Linda P (0)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 4:42 pm
Very interesting. I think these are such amazing and magnificent animals.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 4:44 pm
What an interesting article Thank You Brit! Noted and shared -- SAVE OUR BEARS!

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 5:27 pm
Noted, We must save them!

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 6:35 pm

Terry V (30)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 9:58 am
Excellent article, THANKS!

Kenneth Davies (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:46 pm

Ron M (52)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:58 pm
We don't really have to save them. Polar bears like any other wild animal can easily save themselves. They don't want our help, they don't need our help, all we have to do is leave them alone and respect that they are there and belong there much more then us human beings, in fact, we don't belong there at all. Wildlife has no desire to get to know us in any form or way, they have no desire to kill humans but are are merely defending themselves against all the evils men do to them, period! And look at what we do in return?

Cindy B (61)
Friday May 4, 2012, 8:49 pm
Good article, very informative. It's especially sad that they're ingesting so many accumulated toxins from further down the food chain!

And no, Ron M., the polar bears don't "NEED US TO SAVE THEM--" unless you consider that "saving them" might comprise taking steps to STOP DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING TO ENDANGER THEM! In that case, yes, they DO need us to save them!

All that said, ISN'T THAT A GORGEOUS PICTURE?! Love, love, love the light.

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 12:15 am

David C (131)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 1:21 pm the picture!!!!

Brenda Towers (0)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 1:16 pm
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