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Remains of Earth's largest rat discovered in cave
Telegraph ^ | 07/26/10 | Bonnie Malkin

Posted on 07/26/2010 7:56:07 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Remains of Earth's largest rat discovered in cave

The remains of the largest rat to ever roam the Earth have been discovered in a remote cave in East Timor.

Bonnie Malkin in Sydney

Published: 12:35PM BST 26 Jul 2010

The huge rodent, which died out about 2,000 years ago, was three times as big as its modern cousins and weighed more than 13lbs, about the same as a small dog.

Australian archaeologists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) found the bones of the giant rat alongside 11 new species of rat, eight of which weighed more than 2lbs.

Dr Ken Aplin, who was part of the team that unearthed the remains, said that the find proved that rats dominated the East Timorese animal kingdom about five million years ago.

"It was rat land with at least 13 species of rodents on an island that isn't that big," he said.

While they may not be popular, rats are vitally important to the world's ecosystems, Dr Aplin said.

"Rodents make up 40 per cent of mammalian diversity worldwide and are a key element of ecosystems, important for processes like soil maintenance and seed dispersal. Maintaining biodiversity among rats is just as important as protecting whales or birds."

On East Timor, which lies north of Australia and east of Indonesia, rats have been on the menu for thousands of years, but recently some species had been threatened by extinction.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: 13lb; easttimor; godsgravesglyphs; rat; rodent
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1 posted on 07/26/2010 7:56:10 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; SunkenCiv; blam

P!


2 posted on 07/26/2010 7:56:41 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

IBTTKP


3 posted on 07/26/2010 7:57:29 AM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Remains of Earth's largest rat discovered in cave

They found Ted Kennedy's remains?

4 posted on 07/26/2010 7:57:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TigerLikesRooster

5 posted on 07/26/2010 7:58:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: BenLurkin

LOL, One post after. Although not a pic.


6 posted on 07/26/2010 7:58:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TigerLikesRooster

7 posted on 07/26/2010 7:58:39 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Anyone can fib. It takes an intellectual to tell a really big lie.)
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To: Red Badger

‘Ees not dead yet.


8 posted on 07/26/2010 7:58:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
The huge rodent, which died out about 2,000 years ago, was three times as big as its modern cousins and weighed more than 13lbs, about the same as a small dog.

Heck, I've seen rats that big in dumpsters!...............

9 posted on 07/26/2010 7:59:36 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
“Rodents of Unusual Size? Probably just a myth!” Dread Pirate Roberts (Wesley) just before being pounced by a huge rodent.
10 posted on 07/26/2010 8:00:20 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: dfwgator

He probably ate him................


11 posted on 07/26/2010 8:00:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

Spot on.


12 posted on 07/26/2010 8:03:08 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: TigerLikesRooster
bigger than this one?
13 posted on 07/26/2010 8:03:49 AM PDT by tioga
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"That's not a rat. THIS is a RAT."

Or to be technically correct, a capybara, the world's largest rodent.

14 posted on 07/26/2010 8:06:04 AM PDT by stormer
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“rats have been on the menu for thousands of years, but recently some species had been threatened by extinction.”

Maybe that’s what we should do, eat them? Could this be the beginning of the true “Green Economy”?


15 posted on 07/26/2010 8:06:09 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: dfwgator

You read my mind.

:)


16 posted on 07/26/2010 8:07:50 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Ratatouille, maybe?


17 posted on 07/26/2010 8:07:59 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Only a liberal would expect the grasshopper to be as well prepared for winter as the ant.)
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To: Red Badger

Now, this is a DISGUSTING FAT BODY!!!

A real waste of dna, as well.


18 posted on 07/26/2010 8:08:53 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Quick some one gets it’s DNA and lets see if Ted Kennedy is related to it.


19 posted on 07/26/2010 8:09:02 AM PDT by ReformedBeckite
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To: TigerLikesRooster
We have those things all over the place down here in Loosiana ... we call them nutria.


20 posted on 07/26/2010 8:10:36 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Wait, that's more of a weasel than a rat. Sorry, but you understand the confusion, I'm sure.
21 posted on 07/26/2010 8:12:31 AM PDT by MichiganConservative (A government big enough to do unto the people you don't like will get to doing unto you soon enough.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist ...


22 posted on 07/26/2010 8:12:38 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Three things you don't discuss in public; politics, religion, and choice of caliber.)
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To: allmendream

23 posted on 07/26/2010 8:12:51 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Marxism is Evil.)
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To: stormer

Taste like chicken?


24 posted on 07/26/2010 8:13:25 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Teddy or Murtha?


25 posted on 07/26/2010 8:14:48 AM PDT by b4its2late (You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

It’s the intermediate step before Soylent Green.


26 posted on 07/26/2010 8:15:00 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Barack Obama never misses an opportunity to jump to the wrong conclusion." -csmusaret)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

27 posted on 07/26/2010 8:15:05 AM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

They must have never observed a Possum..


28 posted on 07/26/2010 8:16:00 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Red Badger
LOL..

I think that is actually from the swineous erectous family.

29 posted on 07/26/2010 8:16:53 AM PDT by evad (SHUT IT DOWN!!!)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Nice pond! 3/4 weeds. lol


30 posted on 07/26/2010 8:17:40 AM PDT by Average Al
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To: TigerLikesRooster
There are 535 rats bigger and more dangerous than this 13 lb dwarf in the United States Congress alone.

Not to mention the (OBAMA's) Executive branch!!!

31 posted on 07/26/2010 8:18:04 AM PDT by wmileo
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To: dfwgator

Urinal Tablet


32 posted on 07/26/2010 8:19:05 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: Fido969

now this one is the swineous erectous predatorous family


33 posted on 07/26/2010 8:19:10 AM PDT by evad (SHUT IT DOWN!!!)
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To: Rebelbase

I haven’t eaten one, but the Catholic church says they’re fish. No kidding.


34 posted on 07/26/2010 8:26:08 AM PDT by stormer
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To: hosepipe

A Possum is not a rodent, it is a marsupial!


35 posted on 07/26/2010 8:30:10 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: Fido969

That is just a Praying Man-wanabee!!


36 posted on 07/26/2010 8:31:00 AM PDT by wmileo
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To: stormer

“the Catholic church says they’re fish.”

Perhaps we’ll see them on the menu at McDonalds then.


37 posted on 07/26/2010 8:33:36 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: allmendream
[ A Possum is not a rodent, it is a marsupial! ]

BUT ..... the bones look like a RAT...
(slap slap...pay attention)

38 posted on 07/26/2010 8:33:44 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Rebelbase

Maybe in Suriname, but I don’t think the American palette is quite ready.


39 posted on 07/26/2010 8:40:05 AM PDT by stormer
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To: hosepipe
May as well say the bones of a dolphin look (vaguely)like a fish, so a dolphin is a fish.
40 posted on 07/26/2010 8:41:56 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: dfwgator

I was going to say...they not only discovered the Kennedy family tree but also the cheeky Kenyan bastards tree?

Oh wait!!! Can I use the word “tree” in reference to BO/BS?


41 posted on 07/26/2010 8:42:10 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Red Badger

Feh, I saw rats the size of dogs in Vietnam, the
ones that used to run over our faces when we were
sleeping were smaller though.


42 posted on 07/26/2010 8:42:19 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: allmendream
[ May as well say the bones of a dolphin look (vaguely)like a fish, so a dolphin is a fish. ]

There is a fish called a dolphin.. (eye poke)..

43 posted on 07/26/2010 8:44:15 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: hosepipe
LOL! OK, you got me. A dolphin fish IS A FISH. A porpoise, more commonly called a dolphin, is a mammal; although its bones look (vaguely) like a fish.

An opossum or possum is a marsupial, although like a lot of small fuzzy critters - it looks vaguely like a rat.

44 posted on 07/26/2010 8:51:53 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: hosepipe
A possum can also be a big 'Rat:


45 posted on 07/26/2010 9:09:30 AM PDT by mikrofon (Kenyan variety)
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To: evad

‘now this one is the swineous erectous predatorous family’

How about:
now this one is the swineous erectous pervertous family

Actually, we are devising genus, species, and subspecies for “Wooden AL”, not family.

Gotta go, my gag reflex is acting up.

;-)


46 posted on 07/26/2010 9:35:48 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Ping


47 posted on 07/26/2010 9:45:59 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Of course, Mr. Holmes knew about ‘The Giant Rat of Sumatra’.

A close relative, no doubt.
TWB


48 posted on 07/26/2010 10:15:40 AM PDT by TWhiteBear (Islam is an ideology with several elements of Judeo Christian traditions)
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To: mikrofon

LoL..


49 posted on 07/26/2010 10:21:34 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: tioga

We have a WINNHA!

THanks for the post, you are not alone on this thought....


50 posted on 07/26/2010 10:29:57 AM PDT by ASOC (Alpha India Alpha Three Tango Alpha)
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