When Rodents Had Horns

From PBS Eons.

These odd rodents belong to a genus known as Ceratogaulus, but they’re more commonly called horned gophers, because, you guessed it, they had horns. And it turns out the horns probably had a purpose – one that rodents would likely benefit from today.

Samantha Hopkins’ 2005 paper on Ceratogaulus with figures featured in this episode (Thanks, Samantha!): https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2005.3171#d3e609

Thanks to Ceri Thomas (https://nixillustration.com), Lucas Lima (https://252mya.com/gallery/lucas-lima), R. Bruce Horsfall, and Roman Uchytel for allowing us to use their wonderful paleoart in this episode.

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