The last pandas in Europe were giant weaklings who couldn’t eat bamboo

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Artist’s rendering of a new species of European panda. (Image credit: © Velizar Simeonovski, Chicago)

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A pair of fossil teeth in the museum’s collection was recently discovered when pandas last roamed Europe.

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

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