New York City rats are beasts of legendary size and ferocity. That reputation probably has more to do with East Coast attitude more than anything else. Even the largest of the city’s rats look puny in comparison to South America’s capybara – at sizes over 130 pounds, the largest rodent in the world. But even the capybara is a lightweight next to the largest rodent of all time. At an estimated weight of over a ton, Josephoartigasia monesi was truly a rodent of unusual size.
Halloween is a Gory Details goldmine. Each October, science writers find their e-mail inboxes stuffed with tips on the science of spiders, “zombies” and other creepy-crawlies. This year's holiday even brings the first-ever National Bat Week. (A fine move by chiropterologists — bat scientists — to involve the public in saving animals endangered by white-nose disease.) So it's hard to leave much of the creepy fun to my fellow bloggers this Halloween.
I don’t often have cause to ponder Hollywood gossip on this blog, but how could I resist all the hubub about the next Jurassic Park movie? Much like the weekend’s claims of the biggest dinosaur EVER, the news may not be all it seems, but if the rumors are on the mark, next summer may see the release of the strangest dinosaur film of all time.
@natty_t_ice I did a ton of research for this blog post, finding and reading every article I could find in the forensic journals, interviewing people, thinking about a structure, and it’s all my writing. If we used some of the same examples, it’s because they were great examples.
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Selecting a term
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