Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Scientist Wei Guangbiao, head of the Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology at a Chongqing museum, cites that prehistoric man ate pandas in the region that is now part of the city of Chongqing in southwest China.
Wei explains that many excavated panda fossils "showed that pandas were once slashed to death by man" and that "in primitive times, people wouldn't kill animals that were useless to them." This led to the deduction that pandas were used as a form of sustenance.
Wei also notes that pandas were smaller then and that wild pandas lived in Chongqing's high mountains 10,000 to 1 million years ago.
Currently, there are about 1,600 pandas in the wild and they are considered to be endangered due to poaching and development. There are 300 Pandas in captivity in China's breeding programs to ensure the survival of their national animal.
What do you think of prehistoric humans consuming panda meat?