Trey Causey over at the Sorcerer's Skull is not just a Google+ buddy, He also has done work that has inspired me, him and Jack Shear have helped me in ways to stir away from overly long posts and try to create sketches that GM's could use to fill their world. In this case, I don't want to call it lifting an idea whole cloth, but I got to, my thing is all about uplifting Nonhumans.
In a Science-Fiction setting, Ursoids are ursine humanoids whose fur color ranges from shades of brown, black, or white. They live in the Pleiades region of space and are one of the co-worlds in the greater Pleiadian Protectorate, serving as heavy infantry and guards for mysterious Pleiadian ambassadors. It is not uncommon to see a Nord psychic have a group of bears as her bodyguard detachment. Despite being one of the founding co-worlds, they are still treated with a degree of patronizing by their Pleiadian leaders as a species that needs to continue to rise before they become equals. If Ursoids have a problem with this, they have yet to speak on it.
In a science-fiction setting Minotaur are from the Taurus Region of space and are one of the independent species who have not come under the domination of "The Big 3" (Humanity dominated Federation, Saurian controlled Empire, and the Pleaidian Protectorate). Like their fantastical cousins, Minotaur like serving as mercenaries for other, forming either Minotaur only companies, or joining up with Xenos and mixing company.