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An ancient, bison-sized rat likely used its massive incisors like elephant tusks, experts from the University of York and The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) claim in a new study.
Hungry rodents that wake up early are much more likely to be eaten than rodents getting plenty of food and shut-eye
Two newly discovered and ancient rodent species, including the earliest known chinchilla, may have lived in the world’s oldest grasslands about 32.5 million years ago.
From miniature elephants to monster mice, and even Hobbit-sized humans, size changes in island animals are well-known to science.
Researchers have discovered the oldest rodent fossils yet along the Ucayali River near Contamana, Peru.
Two new rodent fossils were discovered in the arid highlands of southern Bolivia by researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Universidad AutÃ³noma TomÃ¡s FrÃas.
Wild porcupine might be a tasty treat in countries around the world, but populations of the spiky rodent are coming under threat in Vietnam due to illegal hunting.
A sudden influx of porcupines to Mountain Village, Colo., has caused more than $100,000 in damage to area landscaping, area residents say. Mountain Village homeowner Vicki Irwin said while porcupines have been routine visitors to the home rule municipality, recent arrivals have taken to gnawing bark off scores of area spruce trees, The Denver Post said Friday. I've seen porcupines around her for years, but they've never been so aggressive, she said.
Fossil hunters in Uruguay have uncovered the greatest rodent that ever lived -- a one-ton monster that cruised the swamplands of South America some four million years ago.
The armored rat (Hoplomys gymnurus) is the only species within the Hoplomys genus. It is native to Latin America, with a range that extends from northern Honduras into northwestern Ecuador. It prefers a habitat at altitudes of up to 2,600 feet. It resides in burrows that can be up to 6.6 feet in length, and these burrows are typically located near a water source. The armored rat bears spines across its back, resembling a porcupine, and indeed, they are more related to the porcupine than...
The lowland paca (Cuniculus paca) is a rodent that can be found in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the Americas. Its range extends from East-Central Mexico into northern Argentina. It is sometimes called the spotted paca, or simply the paca, but in most of Central America and Mexico, it is known as tepezcuintle, and it has many other native names within its range. This rodent derives its name from the tupi word for “animal”, which can also mean “alert” or “awaken”. The...
The silvery mole rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus), also known as the silky mole rat or silvery blesmol, is a mole rat that appears in many areas of Africa including southern Kenya, central Malawi and Mozambique, parts of southeastern Zaire, and throughout Tanzania. The only subspecies listed under the genus Heliophobius, the silvery mole rat is an unsociable animal, and very aggressive. Little is known about its behaviors and ecology, but it prefers to inhabit savannah areas and woodlands...
The greater cane rat (Thryonomys swinderianus) is one of two species of cane rats found in Africa. They prefer to reside in reed beds or riverbanks south of the Saharan Desert. They have adapted well to urbanization and will also live on plantations. The nocturnal greater cane rat lives in small groups that are led by one alpha male and will make their burrows underground or in grasses. The diet of this cane rat consists of cane plants and grasses. When frightened, the greater cane rat will...
The Degu, Octodon degus, is a small caviomorph that is native to Chile. It is sometimes called Brush-tailed Rat (although not related to the rat family) and is also called the Common Degu, to distinguish it from other members of the genus Octodon. Degus are closely related to chinchillas and guinea pigs. Like Chinchillas, Degus can breed any time of the year. At 90 days, they too have a very long gestation period compared to other rodents. Due to this long pregnancy, degu pups are born fully...
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