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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: June 20 2007,11:18   

UI Anthropologist, Colleagues Discover Remains Of Earliest Giant Panda
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Although it may sound like an oxymoron, a University of Iowa anthropologist and his colleagues report the first discovery of a skull from a "pygmy-sized" giant panda -- the earliest known ancestor of the giant panda -- that lived in south China some two million years ago.


Hey, who ate all the bamboo around here?

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 20 2007,14:24   

it wasn't clear from the press article;

were any other skeletal remains found along with the skull?

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: June 20 2007,17:55   

Didn't sound like it from the way the article was worded - they had to estimate the length of the critter, which to me implies way less than a full skeleton was available, anyway.

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 20 2007,18:33   

bummer; lots of other interesting things worth looking at in panda evolution than just the skull.

hopefully they'll find a more complete skeleton as additional funding for larger searches comes in.

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"Rev Dr" Lenny Flank



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(Permalink) Posted: June 20 2007,22:01   

It used to be that the American West was The Place To Be to do paleontological research.

Now, it's China.  All sorts of neat things coming out of there lately.



The creationuts, of course, no doubt think it's all just a godless Commie conspiracy.  (snicker)  (giggle)

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"Rev Dr" Lenny Flank



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(Permalink) Posted: June 20 2007,22:03   

Quote (Henry J @ June 20 2007,11:18)
a "pygmy-sized" giant panda

Did he have a mortarboard on his head and someone's hand up his wazoo . . . . ?


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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,16:59   

I didn't know panda's had wazoos...
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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,17:31   

Quote (Henry J @ June 21 2007,16:59)
I didn't know panda's had wazoos...
:p

boy you sure can't tell from the picture plastered on the BW:



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