Why are giant pandas black and white? Here’s how we found out

In contrast to the many flamboyant species of birds, most of the 5,000 species of mammals are drab browns or greys. But there are a small number of well known and intriguing exceptions – most notably zebras, skunks and orcas.

Perhaps the most famous of all, however, are giant pandas. We already had a preliminary idea why they had their markings but wanted to confirm the reason for its mysterious pattern.

Viewed up close in a zoo, the giant panda is a striking, conspicuous mix of a white bear with black forelegs, shoulders and hind legs and an extraordinary face with black fur around the eyes and ears. By comparing these different parts of the body with the coloration of other carnivores (contrary to popular belief pandas are officially classified as carnivores) and also with bears, we…

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News Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/why-are-giant-pandas-black-white-b1962676.html