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07/26/2010 02:22 PM ID: 84861 Permalink   

Scientists Discover the Biggest Rat


Scientists have unearthed the world´s largest known rat in Southeast Asia. Discovered in East Timor, the rat -- which lived thousands of years ago -- weighed more than the average house cat at 13.2 pounds.

Excavations have unearthed some 13 different species of rodents, 11 of which were previously unknown before the Timorese dig. According to Ken Alpin from Australia´s CSIRO, East Indonesia is a rodent hotspot, evolution wise.

Alpin said the find had exciting possibilities. "Although less than 15 percent of Timor´s original forest cover remains, parts of the island are still heavily forested, so who knows what might be out there?"

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  I hope they name it  
an R.O.U.S.
  by: opinionated   07/26/2010 03:41 PM     
I tought they´d dug up Milton Friedman. :)
  by: Beastus   07/26/2010 05:24 PM     
  Biggest rat?  
Obligatory comment about(insert desired politician here)

Thought i would save us some time
  by: ReasonableAtheist   07/26/2010 06:43 PM     
I insert "Karl Rove."
  by: Lurker     07/26/2010 07:11 PM     
  I thought they were...  
meaning one of the biggest rats in UK. :)

And Bush and Blair @ Lurker.

There are a lot of rats hidden in our jungle too.
  by: captainJane     07/26/2010 07:33 PM     
  Counting the seconds...  
until an Obama joke.
  by: zirschky     07/26/2010 10:49 PM     
  Right Beastus...  
because we certainly don´t want to have to admit that his theories about Keynesian economics have proven true.

Can you remind me again of how well inflation, price controls and stimulus are working for us?

  by: bbeljefe     07/27/2010 04:51 AM     
  Is this really that shocking?  
I have personally seen a couple of rats that were the size of an average house cat in the US. If it is possible in a mostly populated placed like the US then it is certainly going to be possible in places that still have a lot of outback to them.
  by: treyjazz   07/27/2010 07:49 AM     
I think what the scientists meant is that this is a "true rat" there are other animals called rat but they are not of the same animal family like the bisam rat which is very large.
  by: evilrat   07/27/2010 12:57 PM     
I posted no troll, just my opinion. With included sarcasm, and I´m not biting your troll here, this is scientific news...but we could talk more over economics elsewhere, you could tell me how outsourcing in overall works for all on this mudball.
  by: Beastus   07/27/2010 04:27 PM     
  A few more Rats...  
has been discovered!

This is getting scary per-haps they are taking over the world.
  by: captainJane     08/15/2010 02:58 PM     
  How about...  
the rat eating plant?

We could do with this in our gardens this year.
  by: captainJane     08/15/2010 03:06 PM     
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