Oct 082017
 
Giant tree-dwelling rat discovered in the Solomon Islands

For a long time, people living on the Vangunu Island in the Solomons spoke about the “vika”, a giant rat on the island that lives in trees and cracks open coconuts with its teeth. But the rat remained elusive to the scientific community. Now, researchers have finally discovered an individual of the mysterious rat, making […]

Oct 132015
 
New species of 'hog-nosed' rat discovered in Indonesia

Victorian scientists have discovered a new mammal, the hog-nosed rat, with features not been seen by science before. Hyorhinomys stuempkei was previously undocumented in any scientific collection. The rodent was found by a team of scientists from Museum Victoria, Louisiana State University and the Dutch Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense in a remote, mountainous forest of Mount […]

Sep 302014
 
In the shadows of Machu Picchu, scientists find 'extinct' cat-sized mammal

Below one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, scientists have made a remarkable discovery: a living cat-sized mammal that, until now, was only known from fossils. The Machu Picchu arboreal chinchilla rat (Cuscomys oblativa) was first described from two enigmatic skulls discovered in Incan pottery sculpted 400 years ago. Dug up by […]

Mar 202014
 
Local knowledge sheds light on some of the world's strangest mammals

One of the difficulties of studying rare and endangered species is that they are, by definition, hard to find. Scientists attempting to understand their distributions and the threats to their survival can spend hundreds of hours in the field while collecting little data, simply because sightings are so few and far between. To find out […]

Feb 192014
 
Gigantic Rats Will Rule the Earth When Other Animals Go Extinct

University of Leicester academic predicts rats will continue to grow and fill a ‘significant chunk’ of Earth’s emptying ecospace. When Reggae band UB40 famously asked, ‘There’s a rat in my kitchen what am I going to do?” in their 1986 hit single, they were looking for a practical solution to rid them of a pesky […]