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Jenova
24-03-2011, 12:41 AM
http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/335/cache/giant-minorcan-rabbit-nuralagus-rex_33588_600x450.jpg


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.

http://www.disapprovingrabbits.com/2011/03/nuralagus-rex.html
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110323-giant-rabbit-minorca-biggest-bunny-science-nuralagus-rex-largest/

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

Jack's-Jane
24-03-2011, 06:38 AM
.................. just dont tell Morse :shock:

Kittykat23uk
24-03-2011, 10:35 AM
Wow! Looks more like a Capybara than a bunny! :shock::D

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

JLG
24-03-2011, 12:13 PM
:shock::shock::shock:

did they binky do you think? :lol:

Kittykat23uk
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.