Panda's Pygmy ancestor

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Paleontologists discover the skull of the giant panda's earliest ancestor, a "pygmy-sized" bear in South China.

Paleontologists discover the skull of the giant panda's earliest ancestor, a "pygmy-sized" bear in South China.

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The well-preserved fossil measures about half the size of a modern panda.

The well-preserved fossil measures about half the size of a modern panda.

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The ancient panda was two feet shorter in length than a modern panda and would be akin in size to a medium-sized dog.

The ancient panda was two feet shorter in length than a modern panda and would be akin in size to a medium-sized dog.

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The well-preserved fossil, shown as a CT scanned graphic, has all the hallmarks of a panda skull.

The well-preserved fossil, shown as a CT scanned graphic, has all the hallmarks of a panda skull.

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The well-preserved fossil of a two million year-old Panda.

The well-preserved fossil of a two million year-old Panda.

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