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

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

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