Spain’s home found prehistoric fossil or for the China giant panda bear close relative (FIG.)


panda relatives Agriarctos beatrix recovery figure

paleontologists discovered recently in Spain a prehistoric animal fossils, named Agriarctos beatrix. Scientists say that fossil teeth prove that it is a bear. In addition, the tooth structure show that it is closer to the giant panda subfamily, with today’s giant panda has certain affinity, and speculated that it may be China’s giant pandas first cousin to a lie. Maybe this will provide evidence for the China giant panda originated in Europe.

about the classification of the giant panda, scientists have studied more than 100 years, also argue for over 100 years, there is little agreement. Currently approved one says that the ancestors of the giant panda is called a panda carnivores, lives in the yunnan region of China. Evolved by the beginning of the panda panda on the outskirts of a sideline, called goeldi, distribution in Hungary and France and other European moist forests, in the late Miocene millions of years ago have become extinct.

however, beginning the main branch of the panda is in central and southern China’s continued evolution, one of which exist in the early pleistocene era about 3 million years ago, the body only half as big as the giant panda, now like a fat dog, the fossil was named for & other; The giant panda small kind & throughout; (Ailuropoda micrta). From & other; The giant panda small kind & throughout; Fossilized teeth of speculation, it has evolved into and eat bamboo omnivorous beast. These small animals and about 2 million years, to the subtropical moist forests expand survival, and gradually replaced the beginning panda, widely distributed in yunnan, guangxi and sichuan, while Agriarctos beatrix fossils unearthed, may provides new evidence for the giant panda’s disturbing.

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