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0r4ng3
04-03-2006, 07:06 PM
This discussion came up with my friends and I. I read somewhere that pandas are a part of the rodent family, but some of my friends think it's a bear. This question has been with me all day. Can someone help me out here?

All About Eve
04-03-2006, 07:08 PM
Although I know it's a Panda Bear, it breaks off into a seperate classification before any other 'bear'. Not sure what family it's in. By family do you mean group, or the literal level of taxonomy?

nieh
04-03-2006, 07:17 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Panda

The majority agree it's a bear, but it's also considered to be closely related to racoons. It's not a rodent.

Endymion
04-03-2006, 07:19 PM
it's called wikipedia, bro.
http://www.csulb.edu/~rjames/classic/1140891825049.jpg

0r4ng3
04-03-2006, 07:20 PM
I forgot to mention that my friends checked out Wikipedia. I still think it's not a bear. WP isn't always correct.

nieh
04-03-2006, 07:23 PM
I didn't have to check wikipedia for that. It's generally regarded to be a bear, but there is some debate as to wether or not it's more related to a racoon (check out pictures of the Red Panda) or if it should be it's own thing. It's not a rodent though.

0r4ng3
04-03-2006, 07:24 PM
I may have lost the battle, but the war is far from over!


Hmm, that seemed unnecessary.

JohnnyNemesis
04-03-2006, 07:25 PM
Definitely check out the Red Panda. I saw it at a zoo here last year and it blew my mind.

nieh
04-03-2006, 07:25 PM
You should become a respected biologist so you can change it's classification.

0r4ng3
04-03-2006, 07:28 PM
You should become a respected biologist so you can change it's classification.
Does that require work? Fuck that. It's a bear.

Lars
04-04-2006, 02:07 AM
For many decades the precise taxonomic classification of the panda was under debate as both the Giant Panda and the distantly related Red Panda share characteristics of both bears and raccoons. However, genetic testing has revealed that Giant Pandas are true bears and part of the Ursidae family. Its closest bear relative is the Spectacled Bear of South America. (Disagreement remains about whether or not the Red Panda belongs in Ursidae; the raccoon family, Procyonidae; or in its own family, Ailuridae.)
Did you read that far down?

Andy
04-04-2006, 02:49 AM
haha "true bears". I'm not sure why, but that cracked me up.