Illustration Daily: Panda

More cuteness, a red panda holding a stuffed giant panda. Red pandas and giant pandas aren’t related, but they are an example of convergent evolution. Because of the similarity of their environments and diets both red and giant pandas have evolved a false thumb, an extended wrist bone called the radial sesamoid. This “thumb” is used to hold and strip bamboo and to assist in climbing (especially in the red panda).

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Panda, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board

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