The Anatomy of the World's Largest Extinct Rodent

  title={The Anatomy of the World's Largest Extinct Rodent},
  author={Marcelo R. S{\'a}nchez-Villagra and Orangel Aguilera and In{\'e}s. Horovitz},
  pages={1708 - 1710}
Phoberomys is reported to be the largest rodent that ever existed, although it has been known only from isolated teeth and fragmentary postcranial bones. An exceptionally complete skeleton of Phoberomys pattersoni was discovered in a rich locality of fossil vertebrates in the Upper Miocene of Venezuela. Reliable body mass estimates yield ∼700 kilograms, more than 10 times the mass of the largest living rodent, the capybara. With Phoberomys, Rodentia becomes one of the mammalian orders with the… Expand
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