Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Oldest hamster food store found

A hoard of nuts buried by a rodent 17 million years ago is the oldest food larder so far discovered in the fossil record, say scientists in Germany.

A team from the University of Bonn found a burrow containing 1,800 fossilised nuts when digging at an open-cast mine near Garzweiler.

The winter food supplies were probably hidden away by a large hamster.

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