Contrary to the assumption by many aficionados of the Sherlock Holmes stories that it was wholly fictional, there really is a giant rat of Sumatra according to research/blogger Dr. Karl Shuker.
Yet despite having been scientifically described as long ago as 1888 (by eminent mammalogist Oldfield Thomas of London’s Natural History Museum), until as recently as the 1980s it had remained largely a mystery, even to zoologists.
In 1983, however, following an in-depth study of this mighty 2-ft-long rodent, Dr Guy G. Musser (Curator of Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History) and museum research student Cameron Newcomb attempted to disperse the longstanding veil of obscurity surrounding it by publishing its very first full scientific description. Their paper appeared in the museum’s Bulletin.
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