View Full Version : Nuralagus rex

24-03-2011, 12:41 AM

The team has just announced the discovery of Earth's biggest known rabbit species, an oddly unbunny-like giant dubbed Nuralagus rex—"the Minorcan king of the hares."

The 26-pound (12-kilogram) prehistoric species was about six times bigger than the common European rabbit, found on most continents, according to an analysis of several bones. Study leader Josep Quintana is no stranger to giant Minorcan rabbit fossils, though it took a while before he knew exactly how big a find he'd uncovered.

The animal, which lived about three to five million years ago, had several "odd" features that have never before been seen in rabbits, living or extinct, according to the study.

For one, the giant rabbit's "short and stiff" vertebral column meant it couldn't bunny hop. And the relatively small sizes of sense-related areas of its skull suggested that the animal had small eyes and stubby ears—a far cry frommodern rabbit ears (see picture.)

The newfound rabbit's "roly-poly, tanklike" appearance and weird anatomy may have arisen because of its stress-free lifestyle, Kraatz added.

That's because the megarabbit had no predators on Minorca—a luxury that allowed the species to evolve to be bigger and more sedentary he said. Modern rabbits are small, spry, and have sharp vision to escape predators.



24-03-2011, 12:58 AM
that is both really weird and cool

24-03-2011, 06:38 AM
.................. just dont tell Morse :shock:

24-03-2011, 10:35 AM
Wow! Looks more like a Capybara than a bunny! :shock::D

24-03-2011, 10:45 AM
Blimey forget the dustpan and brush, you'd need a wheelbarrow to clean up all the poops :lol:

24-03-2011, 12:13 PM

did they binky do you think? :lol:

24-03-2011, 12:28 PM
Probably not looking at this line: For one, the giant rabbit's "short and stiff" vertebral column meant it couldn't bunny hop.