22,000-year-old panda from cave in Southern China belongs to distinct, long-lost lineage — The Archaeology News Network

Researchers who’ve analyzed ancient mitochondrial (mt)DNA isolated from a 22,000-year-old panda found in Cizhutuo Cave in the Guangxi Province of China–a place where no pandas live today–have revealed a new lineage of giant panda. The report, published in Current Biology, shows that the ancient panda separated from present-day pandas 144,000 to 227,000 years ago, suggesting…

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