Prehistoric man ate pandas

Published on October 24th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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Slash marks found on the fossilized bones of ancient pandas reveal that prehistoric man once hunted and ate the now endangered species.

Wei, head of the Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology at a Chongqing museum, says many excavated panda fossils “showed that pandas were once slashed to death by man.”

The Chongqing Morning Post quoted him Friday as saying: “In primitive times, people wouldn’t kill animals that were useless to them” and therefore the pandas must have been used as food.

But he says pandas were much smaller then.

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Story: AP | Photo: Jacquelyn Martina, AP

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