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After comparing DNA sequences of several mammals, the lesser panda and the giant panda were reclassified as belonging to different taxonomic families, with the giant panda staying classified in the family of Ursidae (bears) and the lesser panda now being classified in the family of Procyonidae (raccoons).

Which of the following BEST explains the morphological similarities seen in these two species?


Similar sexual selective pressures led to similar morphological features.


Any morphologically similar structures observed between the giant panda and the lesser panda are analogous in nature.


Morphological similarities between giant pandas and lesser pandas are due to the inheritance of shared derived characteristics.


Species from the families Ursidae and Procyonidae share an ancient common ancestor.

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