Giant pandas may have only recently switched to eating mostly bamboo

The switch to a bamboo diet occurred some 5,000 years ago, not 2 million years ago as thought

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BAMBOO FANATIC  Although giant pandas are well equipped for chowing down on bamboo — including having a special “thumb” used to hold stalks — these bears weren’t always this specialized. In fact, their bamboo obsession may have occurred in only the last 5,000 years.

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