Bulgaria found fossils of "the last big panda of Europe"

Bulgaria found fossils of "the last big panda of Europe"

A re-examination of the fossils stored in the Bulgarian National Museum of Natural History revealed the existence in Europe of a previously unknown species related to large pandams, and researchers believe that this was the last and "most developed" European large panda.

The fossil fossil fossils were discovered in coal deposits in the 1970s near the village of Ognjanovo in Bulgaria, dating back to the discovery of an era of myocene, and they believe that about 6 million years ago this species moved into foresty and marshy areas of Eastern Europe.

The fossils of the herbs that the modern panda feeds on are rarely found in the European book of fossils, especially in Bulgarian late myocene, and the glands of the teeth do not seem strong enough to crush the wooded stems, say the authors of the paper, and they believe that the ancient panda has been fed with softer plant materials.

Researchers believe that competition with other species for food has pushed the panda towards vegetarianism, while Agriarctos nikolovi's teeth provide these animals with sufficient protection against predators, and the fangs are comparable in size to those of the modern panda, suggesting that they belonged to an animal of the same or slightly smaller size.

A large panda is a species of all-natural mammals that are common in mountain regions of China, although this group of animals is now represented by the only living species with narrow ore habitats, it is believed that in the past related species have been inhabited by Europe and Asia.

Researchers believe that the European Agriarctos nikolovi has disappeared as a result of climate change, the most likely reason being that the Messine Salinity Crisis is a geological event where the Mediterranean basin has dried up, which has significantly changed the terrestrial environment.