Australian paleontologist confirm ROUSEs (rodents of unusual size).
Of course, this news comes from Australia. Of course it comes from the terrifying continent of death and pain. Dr. Julian Louys reports finding rats about ten times the size of your average New York pizza theif in East Timor. The biggest found was about the size of a small dog.
Moreover, archaeologists in the region theorize that humans might hunted these rodents of unusual size for food as early as 44,000 years ago. As to why there aren’t any more of these mega-rats, scientest theorize the invention of metal tools and the ability to clear forests on a larger scale may be what drove the rats down in size. The existence of such rats so close (relatively) makes rats one of the creatures humans have interacted with the longest.