September 18, 2003

How big would the trap be?!?!?!

A rodent the size of a buffalo? Researchers say they have found fossils for a 1,545-pound giant that thrived millions of years ago in a swampy South American forest.

"Imagine a weird guinea pig, but huge, with a long tail for balancing on its hind legs and continuously growing teeth," according to scientists.

There's a book I remember reading several years ago that I got from the library, called The New Dinosaurs: An Alternative Evolution, by Dougal Dixon. Full of colorful drawings and imaginative text, the basic premise was the question 'What would the animal kingdom be like if dinosaurs hadn't died out?'. Very fun and interesting to read, especially if you read it to an inquisitive child.

Update: Daniel scooped me on this one by over two hours. That's what I get for napping this afternoon.

Posted by Ted at September 18, 2003 05:45 PM
Category: SciTech

Two out of three isn't bad. Guinea pigs and rats have continuously growing teeth.

Posted by: Victor at September 18, 2003 06:10 PM

That thing would need one helluva habi-trail.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at September 18, 2003 07:14 PM

Victor's even got a picture of it!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 18, 2003 07:46 PM

Yes! I finally got the scoop on someone...
If only I could get that Olsen boy to get me some pictures like he did for Victor.

Posted by: Daniel at September 19, 2003 04:56 PM
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