Hot on the heels of a new paper that's come out, published by Barlow et al.
tbc, I was aware that such findings apparently existed for over a year, but didn't count the chickens until the paper was out.
Now that it is, I can discuss the results.
A team of geneticists lead by Axel Barlow took DNA samples from extant brown bears in Georgia, Sweden, Slovenia, Spain, Russia and Alaska, as well as a Pleistocene brown bear from the Austrian Alps. Cave bear DNA samples were traken from caves across Eurasia, and represent the lineages Ursus kanivetz ingressus, Ursus spelaeus spelaeus, Ursus spelaeus eremus, and Ursus kudarensis, from sites in Austria, Spain, Austria again, and Armenia respectively, dated from between 34,806 ± 931 and 71,992 yr bp.
After analysing the shared alleles between brown bears and cave bears comparative to polar bears, the results showed evidence for admixture between the two bear lineages, going in both directi