An almost complete, well preserved polar bear skeleton, Ursus maritimus Phipps, has been found in Late Weichselian marine sediments at Finnøy, southwestern Norway. The bones belong to a large male, 26 to 30 years old. The 14C dating of one of the ribs, gave the age of 10,660 ± 80 years B.P. This find unequivocally shows that polar bears were present in the Younger Dryas high arctic marine environment in southwestem Norway.
Find of a nearly complete Late Weichselian polar bear skeleton, Ursus maritimus Phipps, at Finnøy, southwestern Norway: a preliminary report