Bear with me.

Author:Motavalli, Jim
Position:'Bears: A Brief History' - Brief article - Book review
 
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It's about time somebody wrote a popular book about bears. Bears: A Brief History by Bernd Brunner (Yale University Press, $25) is a welcome addition to what we know about the fascinating bruin, which exist worldwide in eight distinct species. Scientists used to think there were many more; in fact, as Brunner notes, they had a really hard time classifying bear species for hundreds of years. A researcher named D.C. Merriam made it his lifework to classify 86 separate subspecies of grizzlies, "a classic example of taxonomic over-splitting," the author writes. There are really interesting and accessible chapters here on the...

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