Enormous Dormice Once Roamed Mediterranean Islands

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An international team of paleontologists from the UK, Italy, and Switzerland has created the first digital reconstruction of the skull of Leithia melitensis, an extinct gigantic dormouse that lived on Malta and Sicily around two million years ago.

Leithia melitensis was first described by the Scottish naturalist Andrew Leith Adams in 1863.
Roughly the size of a cat, the ancient rodent is by far the largest known dormouse species, being at least twice the size of other insular species both extant and extinct. Breaking Science News reports.

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