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Hi Walter,

I read somewhere that the raccoon is related to the (giant) panda. Is that true, or is it a myth? It would explain why they ressemble each other a bit...

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Senne

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Hi Senne
They are related only that they are in the same Order (Carnivora)  but the relationship ends there in that they are in different Orders. Pandas are in the same Order as Bears. (Ursidae) while racoons are more closely related to Coatis (Order Procyonidae)

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer questions about both vertebrate and invertebrate zoology. I am an expert in animal behavior, especially birds.

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I have taught for over 50 years. I teach college biology courses and I have led tours to the Galapagos Islands and the Belize rain forest

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