The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls

  • Published on:  Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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    Back in the late Miocene epoch, there was an island--or maybe a group of islands-- in the Mediterranean Sea that was populated with fantastic giant beasts. It’s a lesson in the very strange, but very real, powers of natural selection.

    Thank you to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their wonderful illustrations:
    Franz Anthony:
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  • jasayehan


     2 days ago

    Devastated that a majestic creature such as the Hoplitomeryx failed to survive extinction events. Perhaps one day science can clone it? If one could wish~!

  • Slammy555


     4 days ago

    Rodents of Unusual Size.

  • Macus Aurelius

    Macus Aurelius

     6 days ago


  • Fortis Flumen

    Fortis Flumen

     7 days ago

    I'd love to own one giant hamster.

  • randel hanson

    randel hanson

     7 days ago


  • Carlos


     14 days ago

    So rats floated rafts from Africa but no way possible the olmecs didn't?

  • Catina Mauro

    Catina Mauro

     14 days ago

    Or...they were being lab produced by pre-record geneticists who did not have much else to do in Gargano.

  • IKnowI


     14 days ago

    Who tf is this steve guy

  • Ryan Jones

    Ryan Jones

     14 days ago

    the wHAT

  • hoibsh


     14 days ago +1

    Take me to the Island of Giant Hamsters. WHy? Coz I gotta Giant Hamster wheel.

  • Penny Carvin

    Penny Carvin

     28 days ago




     1 months ago

    China needs to bring back that giant hamster and the giant owl ! ! !

  • Shrute Farms LLC

    Shrute Farms LLC

     1 months ago

    well I thought you hade footage. I wanted to see a giant hamster! what the heck is your problem!?

  • James Williams

    James Williams

     1 months ago

    So if thay never reconnected you would get a New Zealand 2

  • Alex Perez

    Alex Perez

     1 months ago


  • superhamster14 ajpw

    superhamster14 ajpw

     1 months ago +1

    I saw a giant hamster at petsmart

  • Emelie Waldken

    Emelie Waldken

     1 months ago

    Who is Steve ??

  • RyanWilliam222


     1 months ago

    you know what sucks every gigantic bird gone extinct

  • Drtbag39


     1 months ago

    How much bigger were these giant hamsters than the European Wild Hamsters ??

  • PxtrickPxrker


     1 months ago

    I kept repeating "absolute unit" and couldn't stop laughing