American black bears are evolving into cinnamon-colored coats, study results show

Some American black bears in the western United States have developed have cinnamon colored fur. The new hue is likely due to a genetic variant similar to that which causes albinism in humans, a new study finds.

Researchers from the USA and Japan analyzed DNS Samples of 151 American black bears (Ursus americanus) in the United States and Canada and found that those living in western states like Nevada, Arizona, and Idaho sported reddish coats rather than the black fur for which the medium-sized bears are named.

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