Researchers found Largest Rodents of the planet and their similarity with Tigers.Daniel McCarthy (Author) Published Date : Feb 06, 2015 07:32 IST
Researchers seem to believe that they have founded the biggest rodent ever thought it has died about a couple of million years ago.
As per BBC news, the authors of a research issued in the Journal of Anatomy that this rodent called the Josephoartigasia monesi was equivalent to the size of a bull and possessed tusk-like teeth in the front used for multiple functions. These researchers performed a CT scan on the skull of the rodent to conduct computer stimulated program to resolve the mystery and decide on ways in which this creature utilized its set of teeth.
The scans pointed out that the front teeth of the monesi was around 30 cm long are mostly were used to self-defend themselves. Other than that, it was used to digging grounds and tear into preys. It was also said by researchers that the stimulations also pointed out that the rodent s bite was was similarly forceful to that of a tiger.
Originally discovered in Uruguay back in 2007, the Josephoaritigasia monesi most probably existed around the Pliocene period, a warm state when the first mammoths existed hand in hand with numerous large mammals.
We concluded that Josephoartigasia must have used its incisors for activities other than biting, such as digging in the ground for food, or defending itself from predators, study lead author Philip Cox, of the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences, said in a press release. This is very similar to how a modern day elephant uses its tusks.
Researchers found Largest Rodents of the planet and their similarity with Tigers.