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Ailuropoda, genus Ailuropoda(noun)
only the giant panda: in some classifications considered a genus of the separate family Ailuropodidae
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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