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  1. Ailuropoda, genus Ailuropoda(noun)

    only the giant panda: in some classifications considered a genus of the separate family Ailuropodidae

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  1. Ailuropoda

    Ailuropoda is the only extant genus in the ursid subfamily Ailuropodinae. It contains one living and four fossil species of giant panda. Only one species—Ailuropoda melanoleuca—currently exists; the other four species are prehistoric chronospecies. Despite its taxonomic classification as a carnivoran, the giant panda has a diet that is primarily herbivorous, which consists almost exclusively of bamboo. Giant pandas are descended from Ailurarctos, which lived during the late Miocene.


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