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Long Long Ago – A Prehistoric Guinea Pig!

Well, as you know, whee are well educated guinea piggies so whee keep up to date on all the hot news topics. This is why our first “back-to-blogging” post is about a news story of the prehistoric kind!

Long long ago, before Mummy was born. Before Mummy’s Mummy and her Mummy’s Mummy was born . . . guinea pig roamed the Earth!

Think that doesn’t sound too impressive? Well how about a guinea pig the size of a buffalo that had a bite as strong as a tiger’s and is believed to be the largest rodent to have ever lived?

That’s what scientists at the University of York and The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) discovered about a creature that lived three million years ago!

You heard right: a guinea pig the size of a buffalo, and Mummy thought whee were trouble when whee were in bad moods!

Experts say that these piggies, who they believe used to dig for food, are our ancestors and may have used their giant rodent teeth in the same way an elephant uses its tusks, which is pretty impressive!

Scientists used compawter simulators to estimate how powerful a bite it had, and came up with a force of around 1,400 Newtons – about the same as that of a tiger’s clamping jaws.

For some reason they named it, Josephoartigasia monesi, and missed the brilliant opportunity to call it a “Guinea Big” in our opinion!

Josephoartigasia monesi

Artist impression of Josephoartigasia monesi(Nobu Tamura)

Well you wouldn’t want to meet one of those in a dark alley. So next time you’re complaining about the mess us guinea pigs make . . . remember, we were once strong as tigers and big as buffaloes . . . who says we won’t be again!!

Have a great day efurryone

Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil


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