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Help me solve a bet...

Post by i_r_e_d » Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:46 pm

My friend and I are having an argument about whether or not the panda is a bear... can one of you help me?
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Post by fluktuacia » Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:55 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Panda
the family is ursidae, so it seems it's a bear

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Post by grizzman » Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:18 am

my understanding is they're more akin to a raccoon.

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Post by flint » Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:00 am

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/ ... panda.html

For years scientists have wondered whether pandas are bears, raccoons, or in a group all their own. Through studying the genetic code (DNA) in pandas’ cells, scientists have confirmed the panda's relationship with bears. Giant pandas are similar to other bears in their general looks, the way they walk and climb, and their skull characteristics. It's important to know that pandas are bears, because the more we know about pandas, the better we can help them reproduce and survive.

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Post by Dr. Genius » Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:25 am

For many decades the precise taxonomic classification of the panda was under debate as both the giant panda and the distantly related red panda share characteristics of both bears and raccoons. However, genetic testing seems to have revealed that giant pandas are true bears and part of the Ursidae family, but one that diverged relatively early from the rest of the family.


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Post by i_r_e_d » Thu Sep 21, 2006 4:22 pm

Yeah... thanks a lot men and women of the jury!!
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