world’s biggest rat – scientist discovered

July 27th, 2010

Archaeologists have exposed that ruins what they trust of the world’s largest rat that dashed on the Earth nearly 2,000 years ago. The skeletal leftovers of the huge rat that is held to have an assessed body weight of about 6kg remained originate throughout cavity digs in East Timor.

The diggings accepted out by a team from CISCO Australia’s national body for scientific investigation also twisted 13 more species of rats in that 11 of which are new to science and 8 rats assessed to have considered extra than 1 kg.

The investigators trust the giant rat lived up until about 1,000 to 2,000 years ago. Today’s weightiest rats weigh around 2 kg and live in rain forests in the Philippines and New Guinea.

Dr. Ken Aplin, who led the dig, said the latest results designate the rodents dominated the East Timorese animal kingdom about 5 million years ago.

He says that ABC news words “It was rat land with at least 13 species of rodents on an island that isn’t that big”, “So it’s incredible diversity,” most probably clearing of forest for agriculture caused the death.

The team of people are planning to investigate swampy rain forest because they trust some rare grass-eating rat species may still live.

Dr. Aplin added, “I do hold out that hope that some of the smaller species and some of possibly one or two of the largest animals, these grass-eating specialists, might still survive, and if so we need to act quickly to conserve them.”
The discovered findings have placed in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History.

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