Giant panda puzzleboard

LATERAL THOUGHTS IN SEARCH OF EVER MORE INTERESTING STORIES FROM BIOLOGY. Robin and the Honey Badger’s mission is to re-charge biology with originality for you, the non-specialist reader. Here we put together the pieces in the patchwork appeal of the giant panda, comparing related species to deduce the possible survival value of a pied pattern for the world’s most recognisable bamboo-eater. Other bears also use white warning signs and the other panda also flags its ears, but only the giant panda exaggerates its eyes in a way that may seem anthropomorphic but stands to discourage attack by natural predators – particularly the Chinese tiger.

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