Pandas: So cute. So fuzzy. So yummy.
A prominent Chinese scientist says prehistoric man used to eat panda meat, with many excavated panda fossils showing they were slashed to death by men.
Wei, who heads the Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology at a Chongqing, China museum, says it shouldn't be so shocking that people noshed on panda meat back in the old times.
"In primitive times, people wouldn't kill animals that were useless to them."
But pandas were way smaller then, he said, and not the big cuddly animals we'd all like to snuggle with,but more like the size of a mastiff. He noted that wild pandas lived in Chongqing's mountains 10,000 to 1 million years ago, but later left for other areas, including the neighboring Sichuan Province, which is now dubbed "hometown of pandas."
He said they left because climate change made their staple diet, bamboo, scarce.