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Dietary Evolution: The Panda Paradox


Sponheimer, Matt; Clauss, Marcus; Codron, Daryl (2019). Dietary Evolution: The Panda Paradox. Current Biology, 29(11):R417-R419.

Abstract

Giant pandas are specialized herbivores that digest little of the bamboo they consume. A new study argues that pandas, like carnivores, get most of their energy from protein, explaining their carnivore-like guts and poor digestion. This may have facilitated their ancestors' transition to herbivory.

Abstract

Giant pandas are specialized herbivores that digest little of the bamboo they consume. A new study argues that pandas, like carnivores, get most of their energy from protein, explaining their carnivore-like guts and poor digestion. This may have facilitated their ancestors' transition to herbivory.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Language:English
Date:1 June 2019
Deposited On:06 Jun 2019 10:31
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:35
Publisher:Cell Press (Elsevier)
ISSN:0960-9822
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.04.045
PubMed ID:31163146

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