An early fossil proving that the giant panda was once a pygmy is found.
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- American-born panda Bao Bao arrives in China.
- The journal "Scientific Reports" publishes research from a team, led by Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum's Stephen Poropat, reporting the discovery of a new Australian dinosaur species, "Savannasaurus elliottorum", using fossils first found in 2005 at Winton, Queensland, Australia.
- The giant panda is removed from IUCN's endangered species list but is replaced by the Eastern gorilla.
- The oldest fossil (stromatolite) that had life is discovered in the melting snow at the Isua Greenstone Belt of Greenland.
- The smallest of mother Mei Xiang's two giant panda cubs born on Saturday at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. dies.
- Mei Xiang, a female giant panda at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., delivers two cubs. The identity of the father is not known.
- Scientist find a rare dinosaur egg with the remaining fossil of an embryo in China.
- The extinct reptile "Nyasasaurus" is described as the possible oldest known dinosaur from 243-million-year old fossils discovered in Tanzania.
- Mei Xiang, the Washington, D.C. National Zoo's adult female giant panda, gives birth to a cub, her second there, via artificial insemination.
- A rare giant panda born naturally in captivity at a Tokyo zoo dies after only six days, prompting widespread mourning in Japan.