|Oriente Cave Rat
Cuba: Isla de la Juventud; Cuba
|local name: -|
extinction date: after 1500 (?)
|The Oriente Cave Rat must
have survived long enough to see the arrival of the first Europeans on the
american double continent. Because its bones were found in deposits, that
also contained bones of rats, which reached Cuba for the first time
together with the european discoverers.
These rats then again must have played a big role in the extinction of the endemic cuban species.
Oriente Cave Rat (Boromys offella); part of the lower jaw
Photo from 'Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College. Vol 62. 1918-1919. Cambridge, Mass., USA'
- Alexandra van der Geer; George Lyras; John de Vos; Michael Dermitzakis: Evolution of Island Mammals: Adaptation and Extinction of Placental Mammals on Islands. John Wiley & Sons 2010