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PostSubject: Bear or Raccoon? The Debate was a Long One   Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:57 am

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When European scientist Pere Armand David, a French missionary and naturalist, became the first Westerner to see a Panda, he christened it Ursus melanoleucus (black and white bear). After examining bones and teeth of the animal, however, Paris Natural History Museum Professor Alphonse Milne-Edwards reclassified it Ailuropoda melanoleuca (black and white panda foot) - a raccoon. Thus began a scientific debate that lasted late into the twentieth century.

In the mid-1980s, a team of geneticists headed by Stephen J. O’Brien, co-chairman of the International Committee on Comparative Gene Mapping, conducted a series of tests on giant panda and bear DNA showed that the panda was genetically closer to a bear than a raccoon. There are still some that believe that the panda belongs in its own category.
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PostSubject: Re: Bear or Raccoon? The Debate was a Long One   Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:19 am

Interesting

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PostSubject: Re: Bear or Raccoon? The Debate was a Long One   Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:21 am

Look at the little face on the panda - love love love x
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PostSubject: Re: Bear or Raccoon? The Debate was a Long One   Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:21 pm

so cute.
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PostSubject: Re: Bear or Raccoon? The Debate was a Long One   Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:46 pm

pandas are beautiful ....

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PostSubject: Re: Bear or Raccoon? The Debate was a Long One   Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:46 pm

they seem mystical x
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PostSubject: Re: Bear or Raccoon? The Debate was a Long One   Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:25 am

Anyone seen the Panda's in Edinburgh?

I'm hoping to have a trip down sometime soon, all the hype regarding them last year did get on my nerves a bit though! Razz

Would much rather visit to see all the Canine species like The African hunting dogs or Manned wolves Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Bear or Raccoon? The Debate was a Long One   Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:23 am

Not yet but working on Nigel taking me to see them x
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