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 Luke Haqq
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Hi ericsilvagomez!

Apologies if I don't understand your question, but on my reading "the other bears" isn't referring to all of the animals mentioned but rather only those of them that are bears.
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 ericsilvagomez
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Hi,

I may have misread that part of the paragraph, so my bad! I see now that the "all seven bear species" part differs from the other animals. D may be correct because the sentence says giant pandas diverged from the other bears some 10 million years before, correct? The paragraph also mentions that bears and raccoons diverged 30 to 50 million years ago. It then states that red pandas separated from the ancestor of today's raccoons and coatis a few million years later, around that period. Is my logic correct?
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Hi ericsilvagomez!

Yes, the bears and raccoons diverging 30 to 50 million years ago aspect and giant pandas diverged "some 10 million years before" are both crucial. Those pieces are telling when combined with the theory that "the more genetically similar two species are to each other, the more recently they diverged from a common ancestor."

So bears and raccoons diverged at a particular point in time. At a more recent time, giant pandas diverged from the other bears. Since this divergence is more recent, we know that giant pandas are genetically more similar to other bears than than they are to raccoons.

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