A molecular solution to the riddle of the giant panda's phylogeny

  title={A molecular solution to the riddle of the giant panda's phylogeny},
  author={S. O'Brien and W. G. Nash and D. Wildt and M. Bush and R. Benveniste},
  • S. O'Brien, W. G. Nash, +2 authors R. Benveniste
  • Published 1985
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Although it is generally agreed that the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is a member of the order Carn­vora, there has long been disagreement over whether it should be classified with bears, raccoons or as a single member of its own family. Four independent molecular and genetic measures lead to a consensus phylogeny for the giant and lesser pandas. The lesser panda diverged from New World procyonids at approximately the same time as their departure from ursids, while ancestors of the… CONTINUE READING
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