All Polar Bears Are Irish

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The maternal ancestors of modern polar bears were from Ireland, according to a DNA study of ancient brown bear bones.

Scientists in the UK, Ireland and the US analysed the teeth and skeletons of 17 brown bears that were found at eight cave sites across Ireland.

The new research has been reported in the latest edition of Current Biology.

Previously, it was believed that today's polar bears were most closely related to brown bears living on islands off the coast of Alaska.

However, analysis of mitochondrial DNA - which is passed from mother to child - has shown the extinct Irish brown bears are the ancestors of all today's polar bears, the scientists said.

Their work provides evidence of the two species mating opportunistically during the past 100,000 years or more.Hybridisation has been recorded recently in the wild where grizzly bears have encroached on polar bear territories.

The bears split from a common ancestor to become separate species between two million to 400,000 years ago.

However, just before or during the last Ice Age the two species came together and polar bears mated with female Irish brown bears, the scientists said.

The maternal lineage can still be traced to all polar bears today, they added.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-13965286
 

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science is so presumptuous and arbitrary just cos they have bears in ireland doesnt mean theyre all irish, thats like saying all russians are irish or whatever, its friday bitch
 

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and with finnish you mean russian of course. well the joke is on you boy, because russian bears are all brown (but called black, curiously).
 

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You could also argue that because the earth used to be made up of one landmass that we all come from the same 'country' anway. Or that we are all descended from one massive incestious family (according to christians). Not sure where bears come into the equation tho
 

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its a sound argument no? were all from africa? doesnt carry much relevance in todays world but people should just be nicer to each other is it that fricking hard?
 
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