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Research Article

Biomechanical Consequences of Rapid Evolution in the Polar Bear Lineage

  • Graham J. Slater mail,

    gslater@ucla.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Borja Figueirido,

    Affiliation: Departamento de Ecología y Geología, Área de Paleontología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, Campus Universitario de Teatinos, Málaga, Spain

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  • Leeann Louis,

    Affiliation: Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates, Ithaca, New York, United States of America

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  • Paul Yang,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Blaire Van Valkenburgh

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Published: November 05, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013870
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Graham J. Slater, Paul Yang, Blaire Van Valkenburgh
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Borja Figueirido
Departamento de Ecología y Geología, Área de Paleontología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, Campus Universitario de Teatinos, Málaga, Spain
Leeann Louis
Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates, Ithaca, New York, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: gslater@ucla.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: GJS. Performed the experiments: GJS LL PY. Analyzed the data: GJS BF LL PY. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GJS BF BVV. Wrote the paper: GJS BF BVV.