22 Oct '17, 9pm

Tree rat likes cocos!...

Tree rat likes cocos!...

In this day and age, when it seems like scientists have scoured the world many times over, it's a rare occurrence to discover a new species of mammal. It's even more surprising when a new mammal is discovered that happens to be as hard-to-miss as a giant tree rat so large that its teeth can crack open a coconut. That's exactly what mammalogist Tyrone Lavery of the Field Museum in Chicago has found lurking in the trees of the Solomon Islands, after years of attempting to verify curious rumors of a large coconut-piercing creature in the islands, reports Discover . If a large mammal is going to remain hidden from science, the Solomon Islands are among the few places on Earth where it's possible. Due to the islands' extreme isolation, the animals that live there have evolved in some wild and unique ways. In fact, more than half of the mammals on the Solomon Islands are found n...

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/giant-t...

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