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Temporal range: Late Miocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Subfamily: Ailuropodinae
Genus: Ailurarctos
Qi et al., 1989
Type species
Ailurarctos lufengensis
Qi et al., 1989

A. lufengensis (Qi et al., 1989)
A. yuanmouenensis (Zong, 1997)

Ailurarctos ("cat bear") is an extinct genus of panda from the Late Miocene of China, some 8 million years ago.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Qiu ZX, Qi G (1989) Vert PalAsiatica 27:153–169.
  2. ^ "A Picture of Giant Panda's Evolutionary History and Fossil Evidences". China Giant Panda Museum. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Jin, Changzhu; Russell L. Ciochon; Wei Dong; Robert M. Hunt Jr.; Jinyi Liu; Marc Jaeger & Qizhi Zhu (2007-06-26). "The first skull of the earliest giant panda" (pdf). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104 (26): 10932–10937. doi:10.1073/pnas.0704198104. PMC 1904166Freely accessible. PMID 17578912. Retrieved 2007-06-19.