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Kretzoiarctos gen. nov., the Oldest Member of the Giant Panda Clade

Overview of attention for article published in PLoS ONE, November 2012
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Title
Kretzoiarctos gen. nov., the Oldest Member of the Giant Panda Clade
Published in
PLoS ONE, November 2012
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0048985
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Authors

Juan Abella, David M. Alba, Josep M. Robles, Alberto Valenciano, Cheyenn Rotgers, Raül Carmona, Plinio Montoya, Jorge Morales

Abstract

The phylogenetic position of the giant panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca (Carnivora: Ursidae: Ailuropodinae), has been one of the most hotly debated topics by mammalian biologists and paleontologists during the last century. Based on molecular data, it is currently recognized as a true ursid, sister-taxon of the remaining extant bears, from which it would have diverged by the Early Miocene. However, from a paleobiogeographic and chronological perspective, the origin of the giant panda lineage has remained elusive due to the scarcity of the available Miocene fossil record. Until recently, the genus Ailurarctos from the Late Miocene of China (ca. 8-7 mya) was recognized as the oldest undoubted member of the Ailuropodinae, suggesting that the panda lineage might have originated from an Ursavus ancestor. The role of the purported ailuropodine Agriarctos, from the Miocene of Europe, in the origins of this clade has been generally dismissed due to the paucity of the available material. Here, we describe a new ailuropodine genus, Kretzoiarctos gen. nov., based on remains from two Middle Miocene (ca. 12-11 Ma) Spanish localities. A cladistic analysis of fossil and extant members of the Ursoidea confirms the inclusion of the new genus into the Ailuropodinae. Moreover, Kretzoiarctos precedes in time the previously-known, Late Miocene members of the giant panda clade from Eurasia (Agriarctos and Ailurarctos). The former can be therefore considered the oldest recorded member of the giant panda lineage, which has significant implications for understanding the origins of this clade from a paleobiogeographic viewpoint.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 2 4%
Germany 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Unknown 46 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 15 30%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 18%
Other 7 14%
Student > Bachelor 6 12%
Student > Master 5 10%
Other 8 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 24 48%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 13 26%
Unspecified 3 6%
Arts and Humanities 3 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 4%
Other 5 10%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 141. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 August 2019.
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