Did prehistoric man feed on pandas ?
By T.K. Randall
October 16, 2012 · 26 comments
Image Credit: Fernando Revilla
Excavated panda fossils hold clues suggesting that our ancestors may have viewed pandas as a food source.
These days pandas are a protected species, with only 1,600 of them left in the wild the Chinese government are doing everything they can to preserve and study the animals. But it wasn't always this way. Between 10,000 to 1 million years ago pandas would have been plentiful in China's high mountains and fossil evidence suggests that prehistoric man may have found them to be a convenient source of nourishment.
Scientist Wei Guangbiao believes that the discovery of panda fossils showing signs of damage from human weapons proves that man would have once feasted on them. "In primitive times, people wouldn't kill animals that were useless to them," he said.
China's beloved national symbol -- the panda -- may have been seen quite differently by ancient humans: as food. Scientist Wei Guangbiao says prehistoric man ate pandas in an area that is now part of the city of Chongqing in southwest China.
Source: Fox News
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