Two teeth led to the discovery of the last known European panda

Discovered in the bowels of the Bulgarian National Museum of Natural History, two tooth fossils discovered in the 1970s helped identify a new species of European giant panda thought to be the closest relative of the modern giant panda.Ailuropod melanoleuca), a famous lover of bamboo.

Two blackened teeth

Initially, two kenotes of the upper jaw (a carnassial tooth and a canine) were found. paleontologist Ivan Nikolov, in northwestern Bulgaria, in a coal mine that turned them black. Then they were kept in the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia. then found Nikolai Spasov, museum researcher. The latter conducted research to understand the circumstances of their discovery and analyzed them. It was he who realized that they belonged to an ancient species of an unknown giant panda, now called Agriarktos Nikolovi.

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