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(Daily Mail)   Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 74
    More: Interesting, mammals, global warming, Florida Museum of Natural History, Cretaceous Period, Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Leicester University, giant rat, rodents  
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2014-02-03 08:45:05 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-03 08:49:00 PM
Movie challenged or onion. pick one.
 
2014-02-03 08:51:51 PM

gravespinner: Movie challenged or onion. pick one.


...a blood-soaked Best Buy employee tries to sell you a dead baby...
 
2014-02-03 08:52:03 PM
mutantreviewers.files.wordpress.com

Agreed with you once upon a time.
 
2014-02-03 08:52:32 PM
As you wish!
 
2014-02-03 08:52:50 PM
meh, according to TFA the bus sized snakes will take care of them.
 
2014-02-03 08:53:39 PM
Why, you little rat.
 
2014-02-03 08:54:23 PM

gravespinner: Movie challenged or onion. pick one.


Rat-Quake!
 
2014-02-03 08:54:52 PM
Good. Then they won't be crawling around in my walls and driving me crazy.
 
2014-02-03 08:55:33 PM
Why does the Daily Mail have a Science & Tech section?
 
2014-02-03 08:55:52 PM
Earth's future is rats, insects, and weeds.
Good work, humanity!
 
2014-02-03 08:57:10 PM
The terrifying scenario could become a reality as super-adaptable rats take advantage of larger mammals becoming extinct, an expert predicts.

EXPERT in what - pulling stupid shiat out of his ass?

Oooh, and maybe scientists could genetically mix hamsters and tyrannosaurs and the world will be populated with unspeakable terrors that sleep 22 hours a day and like to gnaw on toilet paper tubes!
 
2014-02-03 08:57:35 PM
i279.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-03 08:57:55 PM
Pfffft. I see those down on the subway tracks every day.
 
2014-02-03 08:58:45 PM
assets.diylol.com

/daily fail, seems legit.
 
2014-02-03 08:59:07 PM
I'm going to be rich selling rat milk cheese.
 
2014-02-03 09:01:02 PM

Therion: The terrifying scenario could become a reality as super-adaptable rats take advantage of larger mammals becoming extinct, an expert predicts.

EXPERT in what - pulling stupid shiat out of his ass?

Oooh, and maybe scientists could genetically mix hamsters and tyrannosaurs and the world will be populated with unspeakable terrors that sleep 22 hours a day and like to gnaw on toilet paper tubes!


www.atomicavenue.com
 
2014-02-03 09:01:09 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: Earth's future is rats, insects, and weeds.
Good work, humanity!


Without humanity to define what is a weed, the insects, plants, and animals we don't like are merely participants in an ecosystem evolving over millions of years.
 
2014-02-03 09:04:22 PM

The One True TheDavid: Why does the Daily Mail have a Science & Tech section?


They're working to destroy science from within.

By the way 80 kg is 170 lbs, not 17 lbs.
 
2014-02-03 09:04:49 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-03 09:04:53 PM
FTA: "A hint of the nightmare to come can be seen on 'rat islands' - isolated regions where rats introduced by humans have quickly risen to become the dominant species"

This they illustrate with a picture of ordinary rats being fed milk in a temple in India where they are revered?  Wha?
 
2014-02-03 09:07:11 PM
images.uesp.net

You can't imagine the fuss some people make. My rats are no problem for anyone.
 
2014-02-03 09:10:33 PM
I do not mind as long as they will be clean and edible.
 
2014-02-03 09:10:48 PM
You evolutionists will believe anything.
 
2014-02-03 09:13:08 PM
I clicked on a Daily Fail "science" link and gave my Brain an Owwie.
 
2014-02-03 09:14:43 PM
I love capybaras. Those things are full of "chillin".
 
2014-02-03 09:16:27 PM

The One True TheDavid: Why does the Daily Mail have a Science & Tech section?


Because any sufficiently advanced technology will appear to be magic ....
 
2014-02-03 09:18:29 PM
static2.wikia.nocookie.net

*as Master Splinter promptly smacks this 'expert' upside his head*
 
2014-02-03 09:18:43 PM
Well, yes, in a mass extinction event rats could probably evolve into other things that are Not Rats, much as our ancestors evolved from the Great-Grandmother of Rats and Primates when the land dinosaurs got killed off.  Evolution happens; write it down.

What would be even more interesting to me (speculative evolution-wise) is the future of bats.  Archosaurs (which have swapped back and forth the title of Dominant Clade of Land Critters back and forth for a few geologic ages with us Hairy Squamate Bastards) have managed to evolve flight at least twice (once with the pterosaurs--which didn't do so well after the Cretaceous--and with a particular clade of maniraptoran theropod dinosaurs which are pretty much the only friggin' dinosaurs left).

It's now speculated that the reason that the reason pterosaurs might not have made it is because there weren't really any teeny ones (whereas there were teeny mammaliforms and avian dinosaurs).  Being small, as it turns out, may just have an advantage when TSHTF evolutionarily-speaking.

Hence why I tend to think what would happen with bats is interesting--assuming the world's bats don't get wiped out by white nose disease and/or human stupidity, I could well see them diversifying--hell, if a big extinction event happened that wiped out everything BUT the bats, we could have a bunch of neomammal bird-analogues evolving into some very interesting niches.

(Don't laugh at the possibility.  It pretty much happened once to another clade about 65 million years ago, give or take a few thousands years.  Those sparrows and starlings and geese and pigeons in the parking lot?  The whole lot of them were pretty much descendants of the dinosaurian equivalent of insectivorous bats.  Pretty much the K-T extinction event managed to wipe out almost all the archosaur clades EXCEPT for the dinosaurian "insectivorous bats" and a clade of archosaurs that were busy evolving from essentially being archosaurian rats to archosaurian Muskrats From Hell (which we know now as "crocodilians"; interestingly, pretty much all the early crocs were little, fast, upright-walking, homothermic things...their present cold-bloodedness is actually an adaptation to being stealth water predators).  Nothing says a big rock couldn't hit tomorrow and we could end up with capybara-crocs and killer giant crows and the bat equivalent of condors some 65 million years hence.  We could even end up with weirder shiat, too...though there are some distinct patterns nature DOES like to play with.)
 
2014-02-03 09:20:22 PM

SwiftFox: FTA: "A hint of the nightmare to come can be seen on 'rat islands' - isolated regions where rats introduced by humans have quickly risen to become the dominant species"

This they illustrate with a picture of ordinary rats being fed milk in a temple in India where they are revered?  Wha?


This IS the Daily Fail, which is known for (in the words of Avenue Q) being Just A Little Bit Racist...

(And my hope is that if an extinction event takes us out, that rats learn how to use tools and live indoors :D)
 
2014-02-03 09:23:34 PM
176 pounds? What cow is 176 pounds?
 
2014-02-03 09:24:30 PM
Evolution as other larger mammals die off? Unless WE as a species disappear, along with all our farking firearms, I'm not too terribly concerned.
 
2014-02-03 09:27:18 PM

DoBeDoBeDo: 176 pounds? What cow is 176 pounds?


a really fat bird
 
2014-02-03 09:28:59 PM
 
2014-02-03 09:29:51 PM

DoBeDoBeDo: 176 pounds? What cow is 176 pounds?


a Kardasian
 
2014-02-03 09:31:22 PM
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
Approves
 
2014-02-03 09:32:21 PM
This is a big thing in After Man: A Zoology of the Future by Dougal Dixon. Rats evolve into major predators, dog like, bear like, cat like, etc. So yeah, not a new idea.
 
2014-02-03 09:34:31 PM
Here we go again.

i734.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-03 09:35:27 PM
I want one!
 
2014-02-03 09:43:00 PM
Brantgoose


Don't tell NASA 'bout no Metric system.....
 
2014-02-03 09:43:11 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-03 09:44:49 PM
Doubtful.  I imagine that within 100 years, we'll be able to create targeted viruses for population control of introduced species.  Just look at how effective Myxomatosis was in eradicating rabbits in Europe and Australia.

Or in 100 years, we'll have tiny killer robots that will detect animals and their burrows and eradicate them.

Or both.

I also imagine that we'll be doing some Jurassic Park style resurrection of extinct species so that those vacuums in the critter chain get filled.  Australia would really benefit from this, as their native species have especially taken a beating since non-native predators were introduced.
 
2014-02-03 09:53:49 PM
That's fats, Waller.
c3.cduniverse.ws
 
2014-02-03 09:56:20 PM
 
2014-02-03 09:57:24 PM
fc03.deviantart.net
 
2014-02-03 10:13:09 PM
The Cowpibara?
 
2014-02-03 10:22:36 PM
i141.photobucket.com
Don't let them freak you out!
 
2014-02-03 10:25:53 PM

trappedspirit: [i141.photobucket.com image 500x375]
Don't let them freak you out!


Is that Sewer Shark? I didn't know anyone else actually played that game.
 
2014-02-03 10:38:27 PM

ajgeek: trappedspirit: [i141.photobucket.com image 500x375]
Don't let them freak you out!

Is that Sewer Shark? I didn't know anyone else actually played that game.


A full cranial evacuation, it's a no-brainer Mr. Ghost!
 
2014-02-03 10:39:43 PM
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Awww..capybara
 
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