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Pandas used to be meat-eaters!

Scientists say the ancestors of the bamboo-loving animals were carnivores and had a more varied diet, say scientists

Pandas exist on a diet of solely bamboo, but their ancestors enjoyed a more varied diet that once included meat. 

It is thought the black-and-white bears evolved into vegetarians slowly over thousands of years, according to Daily Mail.

The most likely explanation is that they undertook changes in habitat, where available food types varied.

It remains unknown what meat the ancient bears would have enjoyed.

World's biggest animals evolved to walk on their tiptoes because it allowed them to develop stronger legs

There is a reason that many of the largest mammals, from rhinos and hippos to giraffes, walk on tiptoe, according to Daily Mail.

Starting to walk on their toes and hooves may have allowed these animals to become huge and take over the planet.

A study of 880 mammals has found many rapidly grew in size at the same time they evolved from being flat-footed to walking on tiptoes.

Crocodiles have complex past

A new study throws into question the notion that today's crocodiles and alligators have a simple evolutionary past.

Previous research has pointed to crocodiles and alligators starting with a land-based ancestor some 200 million years ago and then moving to fresh water, becoming the semi-aquatic ambush predators they are today, according to Science Daily.

But a new analysis, offers a different story. Modern crocodiles and alligators came from a variety of surroundings beginning in the early Jurassic Period, and various species occupied a host of ecosystems over time, including land, estuarine, freshwater and marine.

A REAL bird's eye view: Unique camera enables researchers to see how avian eyes see far more than humans do

Swedish researchers have recreated how birds see the world using a special camera. The 'birds eye view'  reveals just how different a bird's view of the world is.

While human colour vision is based on three primary colours: red, green and blue, birds can also see ultraviolet, according to Daily Mail.

This, the images reveal, allows them to see foliage in stunning detail, for example.

'What appears to be a green mess to humans are clearly distinguishable leaves for birds,' said Dan-Eric Nilsson, professor at the Department of Biology at Lund University.

Are peacocks' colorful tails actually camouflage?

Study claims their bright plumes may help them communicate with other birds without catching the eye of predators

A peacock’s multi-colored tail feathers are its most distinctive feature.

But, according to new research, they may also help to keep them hidden from predators in the wild, according to Daily Mail.

While it might seem that these feathers would attract the attention of other animals, experts say their native threats, including big cats, lack the color receptors needed to distinguish a peacock’s tail from its surroundings.

According to the team, a peacock’s feathers may not stand out quite as much to animals in the wild, such as tigers or stray dogs, as they would to the human eye.