If a population's genetic diversity is any indication — hint: it is — the giant panda faces less of an extinction threat than humans of European descent do. However, genetic diversity isn't the only force behind extinctions, nor is it often the driving one. A species' habitat and population size also play large roles in extinction events, and climate change and disease have also shown to be powerful drivers of such events.

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