Rodents are mammals of the order Rodentia, characterized by two pairs of
continuously growing incisors, one pair in the upper and one in the
lower jaw. About forty percent of all mammal species are rodents, and
they are found in vast numbers on all continents except Antarctica. They
are the most diversified mammalian order, including mice, rats,
squirrels, prairie dogs, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, and hamsters,
and can be found in a variety of habitats, including manmade
environments. There are arboreal, burrowing, and semi-aquatic species.
While the largest species, the capybara, can weigh as much as 66 kg
(146 lb), many rodents weigh less than 100 g (3.5 oz) and have robust
bodies, short limbs and long tails. They use their sharp incisors to
gnaw food, defend themselves, and shape their habitat. Most eat seeds or
other plant material. Many species live in societies with complex forms
of communication. Rodents can be monogamous, polygynous, or promiscuous.
The rodent fossil record dates back to the Paleocene on the
supercontinent of Laurasia.
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--A Study in Scarlet
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