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King of Rabbits: Ancient, Gigantic Bunny Discovered

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posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 01:28 AM
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Make way for Peter Cottontail... Supersized!




Just in time for Easter, the skeleton of a giant rabbit has been discovered, one that was once about six times the size of today's bunnies.

The fossils of the giant were discovered on the island of Minorca off the coast of Spain, a fact reflected in the rabbit's scientific name, Nuralagus rex, "the Minorcan king of the rabbits."

When the bunny lived approximately 3 million to 5 million years ago, it weighed about 26 pounds (12 kilograms), about six times the size of the living European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). [Fossils of Oldest Rabbit Relative Found]

The fact that it got so big on Minorca seems to follow the so-called "island rule." On islands, big animals often get smaller, due to limited food, while small animals often get bigger, due to lack of predators.


That rabbit's foot must contain some powerful juju!



The giant probably also had poor hearing and vision, with relatively small eye sockets and internal ear parts. Its senses likely deteriorated for the same reason it got so large — it did not have predators to worry about. As such, it probably lacked another key trait often associated with rabbits — long ears. The bunny likely sported relatively small ears for its size.


I always wonder what they will find next. It is exciting (always) for me to imagine what could be found in fossils if we discovered all of them. They seem to always range from "flinstone" looking to "alien/weird" looking. If people had pets that long ago, it makes you wonder what they were. Everything seems so huge. If something got angry because you were housetraining it, it could eat you!


You can read more here...
www.livescience.com...[ editby]edit on 3/22/2011 by Kangaruex4Ewe because: (no reason given)




posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 01:46 AM
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Amazing what the fossil record shows us...what will be next





posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 01:47 AM
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only one thing that pops in my head when i read this post......Monty python and the search for the holy grail, lol. It seems I wasn't the only one who thought of the monty python reference. I guess great minds think alike

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posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 01:57 AM
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The infamous Rabbit of Caerbannog...... Run Away! Run Away!

One of the best movies ever made IMO!


This one certainly looks like it could take a grown man down if it were so inclined.



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 02:00 AM
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A definite star for you as well! You both gave me a hilarious laugh this morning.


As big of a fan as I am of that movie, I am a little disappointed in myself for not thinking of it first.



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 02:00 AM
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Well, that's interesting.

Looks like a Capybara... they weigh close to 100 pounds!

www.rebsig.com...



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 02:03 AM
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I hope they did not have a taste for flesh



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 02:09 AM
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Thanks for that.


I have been going insane trying to figure out the name of that animal. I had the picture clearly in my mind, but could not recollect what it was called for the life of me. Star for you, simply because my brain can sleep now.


They do bear a striking resemblance to one another for sure.



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 02:58 AM
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cool find just in time for easter too nice i always enjoy seeing new finds like this thanks for sharing
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posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 05:07 AM
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HOAX, HOAX .thats petshop ooops photoshop .Where's Wallace and grumit when ya need em ?



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 05:14 AM
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Originally posted by BadBoYeed
Amazing what the fossil record shows us...what will be next




rotflmao!

"i soiled me armor" loolol!


i guess everything is real.



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 05:17 AM
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Originally posted by fooks

Originally posted by BadBoYeed
Amazing what the fossil record shows us...what will be next




rotflmao!

"i soiled me armor" loolol!


i guess everything is real.


Sad thing is if you put that on the news half the world would think it's real



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 05:24 AM
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maybe on your half, lolol!!

2nd line!



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 05:26 AM
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They got nothing on the prize rabbits they have been raising in Germany.

www.viceland.com...



Starting next year they’re going to put a 27.5-pound limit on competition weight. I can understand why. Each competition judge has to inspect around 70 rabbits per show and after a while you know you’ve been lifting rabbits.

Read the rest at Vice Magazine: WHO'S HUNGRY? - Giant Bunnies: North Korea's Furry Hope? - Vice Magazine



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 05:27 AM
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Looks like a primitive kangaroo to me like


bet it doesn't box as well though



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 06:25 AM
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Those are some huge rabbits!!
Those could use the rabbits I have wild here for slippers...



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 06:56 AM
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poet1b post shares my sentiment. So I post a plea to remind friends & co-workers: Please Give Chocolate Bunnies For Easter, or soft plush stuffed toy Bunnies. Please do not give live bunnies as gifts.

Think a live bunny is a cute gift? Think about 2 weeks after Mom is sick of the cleaning up and wants the bunny gone. Not fair to the bunny. Domestic bunnies do not do well in the wild. Breaks the childs heart when they come home to discover their pet is gone, too.

PLEASE DO NOT GIVE LIVE BUNNIES FOR GIFTS.

Live gifts that require feeding & care are just more work for adults. And people that give live gifts to children usually piss off their parents, I've seen it way too many times.

Please post something where you work about this, send emails too. Sincere thanks.



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 07:02 AM
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What a funny and informative thread. My, early "proto" animals sure were super sized way back when! Except for horses, I guess. I guess back in those days you'd ride the bunnies and the horses would deliver the Easter eggs!



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