Giant Pandas

Evidence suggests early humans turned pandas into prey as soon as they obtained the strength. Photo: Xinhua

Fossils suggest giant pandas went from being man's friend to prey

Huang Wanbo put down his magnifying glass and frowned. The anthropologist was sitting at a dirty desk under a lamp in a farmhouse in Wushan county, Chongqing, staring at the two-million-year-old fossil skull of an ancestor of the giant panda, later named Ailuropoda microta.