Researchers Samuel Cohn and Philip Slavin have called into question the role rats played in spreading the plague.
According to reports, around 200kg of seized cannabis has been eaten by rats in police stations across Uttar Pradesh.
It might sound like an experiment worthy of Frankenstein, but we won't have to worry about 'rat men' anytime soon.
Experts have warned that giant rats could be invading people's homes and gardens within a matter of weeks.
The unusual phenomenon happens when a group of rats get their tails hopelessly tangled together.
A man who had been waiting for a bus was unaware of the nightmare scenario he was about to experience.
A new study has cast doubt on the practice of releasing cats in to cities to help curb rat populations.
Up to a dozen islands off the far north coast of Queensland have now been closed to the public.
The findings suggest that exposure to cellphone radiation may cause brain and heart cancers in rats.
Today's rats might be getting bigger but they can't possibly compare to this ancient species of rodent.
Scientists believe that rats may not have been responsible for the Black Death in Europe after all.
An unusual temple in Rajasthan, India is home to several thousand rats that roam freely around its halls.
The extinction of several large mammal species could pave the way for super-sized rats.
UK authorities are on the look out for an infamous ghost ship that is said to be crawling with rats.
Specially trained rodents are proving to be a cheap and effective alternative to traditional lab work.
Scientists have succeeded in transplanting a working rat kidney that was grown in a laboratory.
Gigantic rats have been plaguing Iran's capital Tehran after being exposed to radiation and chemicals.
Scientists have linked the brains of two rats so that they can communicate via an electronic link.
Rats use their whiskers to help sense the world around them - could the same thing work for humans ?
Authorities have been alerted of a new invasion of giant Gambian puched rats in the Florida Keys.