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Thieving rodents are 'rainforest saviours'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:43 PM

The thieving habits of rodents have emerged as an unlikely salvation of tropical forests, research suggests.

Massive mammals known as gomphotheres once ranged the Americas, distributing big tree seeds as they roamed.

But they are extinct, and it has not been clear what is spreading seeds now.

In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists report using radio tags to show that rodents take and bury seeds, stealing from each other, spreading them far and wide.


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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:58 PM

Dirty rats.


"Come out and take it, you dirty, yellow- bellied rat, or I'll give it to you through the door!"

*In a James Cagney voice*

p.s. sorry bout that

Edited by Eldorado, 19 July 2012 - 09:06 PM.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:09 AM

Like cockroches!




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