Extinct Mega-Rodent Had Teeth Like Elephant Tusks

February 6, 2015 8:21 PM

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Extinct Mega-Rodent Had Teeth Like Elephant Tusks

An illustration of the giant rodent Josephoartigasia monesi. The overgrown rodent was bigger than a buffalo and had giant teeth that it used like elephant tusks.

The biggest rodent to ever stalk the Earth lived about 3 million years ago in what is now South Africa — and it used its large front teeth the way today's elephants use their tusks.

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