Canada's History - - CURRENTS -

Imag­ine a beaver. Now make it big­ger than a mod­ern-day black bear. At two me­tres in length and weigh­ing up to two hun­dred kilo­grams, the gi­ant beaver was the largest ro­dent of the in­ter­glacial pe­ri­ods. The teeth of the gi­ant beaver could grow up to twelve cen­time­tres long. Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, mod­ern beavers aren’t di­rectly de­scended from the gi­ant beaver. In­deed, com­pe­ti­tion from mod­ern beavers may have helped to cause the gi­ant beaver’s ex­tinc­tion.


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