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  • The Giant Pacarana – World’s Largest Rodent

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    A short animated video about the largest rodent that ever lived, Josephoartigasia monesi, also known as the Giant Pacarana. A fossil skull discovered in Uruguay belonged to a rodent, which researchers estimate weighed up to 1 tonne (1000kg)! Andrés Rinderknecht and R. Ernesto Blanco named the new species “monesi” in honor of the famous paleontologist, Alvaro Mones.

    The largest rodent alive today is the capybara, which can weigh over 60kg, much smaller than its extinct cousin.

    The original article describing J. monesi can be read here:
    http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/275/1637/923

    The skull is housed in Montevideo, Uruguay in the Museum of Natural History and Anthropology:
    http://www.mec.gub.uy/munhina/mnhna.htm

    Much thanks to Dr. Blanco and Dr. Rinderknecht for their amazing discovery! And thank you to Luisa for her Spanish translation…I owe you one!

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