While bears (Ursidae) are well represented in Western Europe and the Caucasus during the Pleistocene,bear remains from this period are rare in Southwest Asia. Only a limited number of sites, both naturaland archaeological, have yielded evidence of brown bear (Ursus arctos Linnaeus, 1758). Skeletal remainsfor this species are often represented by a limited number of elements. The discovery of 192 remainsidentiﬁed as brown bear in Wezmeh Cave (Kermanshah Province, Iran) is exceptional. This paper presentsa detailed description of the Wezmeh osteological assemblage, which conﬁrms that U. arctos was alreadypresent in Zagros during the Upper Pleistocene.
Hervé Monchot, Marjan Mashkour, Fereidoun Biglari, Kamyar Abdi (sous presse) The Upper Pleistocene brown bear (Carnivora, Ursidae) in the Zagros: Evidence from Wezmeh Cave, Kermanshah, Iran. Annales de Paléontologie(xxxx), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annpal.2019.102381