AN incredible discovery suggests that China’s giant pandas may have first heralded from Spain.

Scientists have made the claim after two panda fossils dating back 11.6 million years were discovered in the north-east of Spain.

The remains that include two sets of jaws and several teeth, are thought to be the oldest of the species on record.

Juan Abella, head of the study by the National Museum of Natural Sciences, said: “The new genus is believed to be the first in the giant panda’s lineage.”

The new discovery has been named a Kretzoiarctos, in honour of Miklos Kretzoi, who found them.

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