Europe’s last pandas were giant weaklings who couldn’t even eat bamboo

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

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A pair of fossil teeth in a museum collection recently revealed when pandas last roamed Europe.

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

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