Scientists: Ancient rat was big as a bull

Jan 16, 2008 | Posted by: Cash | Full story: www.usatoday.com

Imagine a rodent so big it weighs a ton and is the size of a bull. Uruguayan scientists say they have uncovered fossil evidence of the biggest species of rodent ever found.

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“I have the " X " gene.........”

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#1
Jan 16, 2008
 
Sthuffering sthuckatash Sylvester would have a field day with that big mousie...
Dave

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#2
Jan 16, 2008
 
Uruguayan scientists what an incredible group of thinkers, A herbivore Rat!
This was the same group that discovered electricity and invented television, the light bulb the phonograph the integrated circuit the air plane the steamboat and the automobile and donít forget space flight to the moon. I have seen a Rat Skull and this photo isnít even close.
Charles P

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#3
Jan 16, 2008
 
And Disney Corp. thinks that Mickey Mouse is "the big cheese".
JimBob

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#4
Jan 16, 2008
 
So ... Who said it was a rat ..? There are several rodents around today that don't even look close like a rat!
John Baake

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#5
Jan 16, 2008
 
If this thing hopped like a kangaroo, it would definetly put the kids with the subwoofers in thier cars to shame!
Fountain Of Knowledge

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#6
Jan 16, 2008
 
Hey, Ive been looking all over for that. They found my lost nutcracker!

“My knife Your Kitchen!!”

Since: Jan 08

Where the Red Fern grows.

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#7
Jan 16, 2008
 
Yeah, but could he cook?
Shaft-O Eng

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#8
Jan 16, 2008
 
JimBob wrote:
So ... Who said it was a rat ..? There are several rodents around today that don't even look close like a rat!
I was thinking the same thing.
There seems to be a disconnect between the title and the story
Willard

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#9
Jan 17, 2008
 
Those scientists have never been to New York City I bet. Talk about big rats!
California Transplant

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#10
Jan 17, 2008
 
This is yet another not-to-be-believed "scientific" discover.

Since: Dec 06

Saint Petersburg, FL

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Jan 17, 2008
 
California Transplant wrote:
This is yet another not-to-be-believed "scientific" discover.
Why is it "not-to-be-believed" ??? THey have the fossils.

Since: Dec 06

Saint Petersburg, FL

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Jan 17, 2008
 
Dave wrote:
Uruguayan scientists what an incredible group of thinkers, A herbivore Rat!
This was the same group that discovered electricity and invented television, the light bulb the phonograph the integrated circuit the air plane the steamboat and the automobile and donít forget space flight to the moon. I have seen a Rat Skull and this photo isnít even close.
It's a rodent, not a rat. It's typical of random non-scientific articles attempting to describe scientific findings to get it wrong, especially when writing headlines. It's more similar to a guinea pig.

As for Uruguayan scientists, what's your problem with them? There are quality scientists all over the world. I'd bet they do much better work than you could.

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Since: Jan 08

Galena Il.

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#13
Jan 17, 2008
 
All this talk about cloning cattle-maybe we're looking at the wrong mammal.Fil'et-O-rat anyone?
Ossuary

Waltham, MA

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#14
Jan 17, 2008
 
Capybara - the world's largest rodent today, a grass-eater.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capybara
Talt

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#15
Jan 17, 2008
 
In my apartment building he's still be the runt.
California Transplant

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#16
Jan 17, 2008
 
I smell a rodent!

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#17
Jan 17, 2008
 
Thanks for the nightmare fodder.
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#18
Jan 17, 2008
 
The biggest rat running around free now is OJ Simpson.

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