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Agriarctos beatrix - a prehistoric giant panda have been discovered in Spain
No paper references and it's mammal stuff but...
"Fossilised remains of a primitive panda species genetically related to
China’s endangered giant panda have been discovered in Spain, a new
A team of Spanish researchers, which included experts from the National
Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC), found that the species
Agriarctos beatrix was a small plantigrade omnivore related to the giant
The fossilised remains of the species have been discovered at the site
of Nombrevilla 2 in the province of Zaragoza. Researchers at the
MNCN-CSIC and the University of Valencia suggest that the creature lived
during the Miocene period, 11 million years ago.
“This kind of bear was small, even smaller than the specimens of Malayan
sun bear, the smallest found today. Must not exceed 60 kilograms of
weight,” said Juan Abella, a researcher in the department of
paleobiology at MNCN-CSIC and first author of the study, published in
the journal Geological Survey.
Although it is difficult to know their outward appearance because only
fossilised teeth were found, scientists say the animal would have had a
dark coat with white spots located mainly on the chest, around the eyes
and possibly close to the tail.
“This pattern is considered primitive for the bears, similar to the
giant panda, in fact, have such large spots that appear to be white with
black spots,” Abella said."
Luis Azevedo Rodrigues
Paleontologist (PhD)/Science communicator/Teacher
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