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Giant rabbit fossil found in Spain

The fossilized remains of a giant rabbit have been found on the Spanish island of Minorca.

The team has just announced the discovery of Earth’s biggest known rabbit species, an oddly unbunny-like giant dubbed Nuralagus rex—”the Minorcan king of the hares.”

The 26-pound (12-kilogram) prehistoric species was about six times bigger than the common European rabbit, found on most continents, according to an analysis of several bones. Study leader Josep Quintana is no stranger to giant Minorcan rabbit fossils, though it took a while before he knew exactly how big a find he’d uncovered.

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Story: Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic News | Photo: Meike Kohler

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