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2010-07-26 08:20:00

Archaeological research in East Timor has unearthed the bones of the biggest rat that ever lived, with a body weight around 6 kg. The cave excavations also yielded a total of 13 species of rodents, 11 of which are new to science. Eight of the rats weighed a kilogram or more. "East Indonesia is a hot spot for rodent evolution. We want international attention on conservation in the area," CSIRO's Dr Ken Aplin says. "Rodents make up 40 per cent of mammalian diversity worldwide and are a key...

2009-09-07 09:21:48

Scientists say they have discovered a heretofore unknown species of 32 inch-long giant rat within the jungles of Papua New Guinea. The giant rat, among the largest ever discovered, has no fear of humans and was found by an expedition team filming a BBC documentary titled Lost Land of the Volcano, the British broadcaster reported Monday. Expedition members reported the new rat species, which has not yet been named, is believed to live only within the Mount Bosavi crater. This is one of the...

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2005-01-03 09:10:00

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Keys, already dealing with invasive exotics from melaleuca to iguanas, have added another to the list of unwanted newcomers: the African Gambian pouch rat. Biologists and conservationists in the Keys say the rodent needs to be eradicated, before it increases its range and harms native species that live in natural areas of the Keys. Although it is unclear how or why the rat - which can grow as big as a raccoon - was released on Grassy Key, biologists are...