Rodents of Unusual Size? I don’t believe they exist.

Giant ratNow that is a rat.

From the New Scientist story:

A 1-tonne rodent has been discovered by scientists in Uruguay. But there is no need to worry, Josephoartigasia monesi is around 2 million years old and fossilized.

By comparing the skull’s dimensions to the body sizes of existing rodents, the researchers determined that its owner probably weighed about 1000 kilograms, making it the world’s largest known rodent.

Bigger, even, than Walt Disney.

We’re not sure these guys exist either.

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2 Responses to Rodents of Unusual Size? I don’t believe they exist.

  1. the frogster January 16, 2008 at 4:03 pm #

    I think there’s some physical law that prevents any rodent from getting any larger than Walt Disney. And if not a physical law, I’m sure that by now there’s a legal law.

  2. Mark A. Rayner January 17, 2008 at 4:10 pm #

    So the rumors of the one-tonne Walt Disney are true. I thought that was just another urban legend, like the one about his frozen head. Be afraid.