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  Scientists find giant guinea pig fossil
Updated 19 September 2003, 08.41
Guinea-zilla - (Image: Science/Carin L. Cain)
Scientists reckon they've found the biggest rodent ever, an animal like a guinea pig the size of a big cow.

But it's not likely that you'll run into one, because it lived on the earth more than eight million years ago.

The scientists found fossils in the South American country Venezuela, and think it weighed around 700kg, 700 times more than a normal guinea pig.

A normal sized guinea pig
A normal sized guinea pig
Some people are calling the animal "guinea-zilla" and think it may have run around in giant packs.

It's thought the animal was three metres long and one metre tall, and spent some of the time living in the water and some living on land.

The town where is was found, Urumaco, has produced a number of other giant fossils including giant crocodiles, turtles, fish and meat-eating birds.

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