Europe’s last panda giant was weak that couldn’t even eat bamboo

An artist’s interpretation of a new species of European panda. (Image credit: © Velizar Shimonowski, Chicago)

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A pair of fossilized teeth in a museum collection recently surfaced when pandas last roamed Europe.

When the researchers examined the teeth, which had been in storage for nearly 40 years, they found that the fossils belonged to a never-before-seen species of ancient European panda. The newfound species, which is a close relative of the modern giant panda, roamed the continent about 6 million years ago and was probably the last of Europe’s pandas.

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