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  • noun zoology Any member of the Procyonidae, a New World family of the order Carnivora, including the raccoons, coatis, kinkajous, olingos, ringtails and cacomistles.

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  • noun plantigrade carnivorous mammals


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  • While the red panda is considered a procyonid, the mainstream view now is that the giant panda is indeed a bear, although it diverged from the main ursid line long enough ago to exhibit some striking differences in addition to the enlarged radial sesamoid, such as chromosome number, skull anatomy, and other traits.

    The Panda's Thumb has Evolved ... Twice! - The Panda's Thumb 2006


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