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Discovery of extinct panda species reinforces evidence of pandas originating in Europe, not Asia

  • The recent discovery of an ancient panda species in Bulgaria is reinforcing previous studies that point to panda bears originating in Europe.
  • The species, known as the Agriarctos nikolovi, was identified after scientists at the Bulgarian National Museum of Natural History investigated two fossilized teeth that were first unearthed from coal deposits in the 1970s.
  • Authors of the study say the species is only a “close relative” to the modern giant panda, but it may have been an ancestor that eventually moved to Asia.
  • China, which declared the giant panda as its national animal, has been slow to accept the European origin theory after previous discoveries in Hungary.

The recent discovery of an ancient panda species in Bulgaria is reinforcing previous studies that point to panda bears originating in Europe — a notion that China, where the giant panda is a national symbol, has been slow to accept.

The species, known as Agriarctos nikolovi, was identified after scientists at the Bulgarian National Museum of Natural History investigated two fossilized teeth that were first unearthed from coal deposits near a village northwest of the country in the late 1970s.

‘Fresh Off the Boat’ creator Eddie Huang developing new Showtime drama titled ‘Panda’

  • Eddie Huang is writing and executive producing a new hour-long drama series on Showtime set in the late ‘90s called “Panda.”
  • The series will follow the titular character Panda, a gifted kid who begins to sell ecstasy with the help of Jade, a private school girl from the opposite side of town.
  • Together, they climb their way to the top of the drug trade permeating the era’s rave scene.
  • Huang previously authored “Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir,” which was later adapted into ABC’s hit 2015 sitcom.

Eddie Huang, producer and writer of ABC’s hit series “Fresh Off the Boat,” has a new project in the works at Showtime called “Panda.”  

The hour-long drama series follows the titular character Panda, a gifted kid in Orlando, Florida, who begins to sell ecstasy during the late ‘90s when the craze for pressed pills kicked off. Panda finds help from Jade, a private school girl from the opposite side of town, and together, they climb their way to the top of the drug trade permeating the era’s rave scene. 

Video of panda cub Xiao Qi Ji’s incredibly fun snow day is un-bear-ably cute

Panda Snow
  • A video shows Smithsonian’s National Zoo panda cub adorably playing in the snow.
  • The National Zoo shared a video of their other animals during Washington D.C.’s first snow day of the year.

Panda cub Xiao Qi Ji from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo showcased his “belly-sliding skills” during Washington D.C.’s first snow day of the year. 

Xiao Qi Ji’s snow belly-sliding skills

First panda cub born in Singapore is named Le Le by online voters

Singapore Baby Panda Le Le
  • The name of the first giant panda cub born in Singapore was revealed to be “Le Le,” stemming from an old Chinese name for the republic, “shi le po.”
  • The cub was born in August, and a subsequent online poll took place in which 64,000 casted votes to decide on the panda’s name.
  • Le Le will be on view twice a day for 20-30 minutes in a special nursery designed for his comfort.

Singapore’s first panda cub, born in August, has finally received its name following an online voting contest. 

Singapore and China jointly announced the name on Wednesday in a virtual ceremony. The cub will be named “Le Le,” which is derived from an old Chinese name for Singapore, “shi le po.”