Kretzoiarctos gen. nov., the Oldest Member of the Giant Panda Clade

@article{Abella2012KretzoiarctosGN,
  title={Kretzoiarctos gen. nov., the Oldest Member of the Giant Panda Clade},
  author={Juan Abella and David M. Alba and Josep M. Robles and Alberto Valenciano and Cheyenn Rotgers and Ra{\"u}l Carmona and Plinio Montoya and Jorge Morales},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2012},
  volume={7}
}
The phylogenetic position of the giant panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca (Carnivora: Ursidae: Ailuropodinae), has been one of the most hotly debated topics by mammalian biologists and paleontologists during the last century. Based on molecular data, it is currently recognized as a true ursid, sister-taxon of the remaining extant bears, from which it would have diverged by the Early Miocene. However, from a paleobiogeographic and chronological perspective, the origin of the giant panda lineage has… 

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