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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.

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

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.


Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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