Giant rats are not just the stuff of fiction anymore. In East Timor, Australian National University archaeologists discovered fossils of seven rat species that are ten times as big as the average rat. Scientists say that under ideal conditions, a rat can even grow as big as a cow and weigh as much as 175 lbs. If these vermin are not stopped, they could rise above other smaller animals and cause them to become extinct.
Geologist Dr. Jan Zalasiewicz explains that animals are capable of evolving over time to adapt to their surroundings. In the case of the giant rats, they are physically changing as a response to the environment they live in. Due to the many excesses that people have, rats are finding more and more food to eat, which they can easily find in improperly disposed trash. As they get more high-protein food, rats bulk up, gradually getting bigger, stronger and more resistant to poison, which makes them harder to get rid of.
Naturally clever, rats can outwit pest controllers, avoiding poison and the usual pesticides that are used to put the rodents down. They are also moving toward the city, where they can find more food from the waste that the city generates. It is not impossible to see mutant rats in the near future; enormous rats that could bring ruin to our homes and property, bringing with them a slew of diseases that could affect mankind on a grand scale.
The Rodent Takeover
It is not impossible for these four-legged furry critters to survive the next mass extinction that is bound to happen in the next few centuries, due to the destruction of the earth as an optimal habitat for man, animal, and plant life.
Much like the mass extinction that happened 65 million years ago that ended the dinosaur age, the earth will once again be wiped out. Because rats are clever, persistent and widespread, scientists believe that the rodents we consider as pests will begin the repopulation of the world after the next mass extinction event.
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